Numbers Chapter 30

30 Days of Prayer

Day 14

Pray for the church to have a Kingdom focus in their prayers: “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33)

Numbers 30

1And Moses spake unto the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded.

2If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

3If a woman also vow a vow unto the LORD, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father’s house in her youth;

4And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her; then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.

5But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the LORD shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her.

6And if she had at all an husband, when she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith she bound her soul;

7And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her in the day that he heard it: then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.

8But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard it; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the LORD shall forgive her.

9But every vow of a widow, and of her that is divorced, wherewith they have bound their souls, shall stand against her.

10And if she vowed in her husband’s house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath;

11And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her, and disallowed her not: then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.

12But if her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard them; then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the LORD shall forgive her.

13Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void.

14But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her from day to day; then he establisheth all her vows, or all her bonds, which are upon her: he confirmeth them, because he held his peace at her in the day that he heard them.

15But if he shall any ways make them void after that he hath heard them; then he shall bear her iniquity.

16These are the statutes, which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between the father and his daughter, being yet in her youth in her father’s house.

22 thoughts on “Numbers Chapter 30

  1. Oh the beauty of submission! It can be easy at first for women to feel at a disadvantage to men in some ways when reading the scripture, yet here is a great example of some of the blessing that comes with being under authority. Yes, it might have been frustrating to be set to do something and then have dad or husband say “no,” but at least you are set free from that which you did not have the final say in. Suppose you vowed something that wasn’t good and your dad or husband, knowing what was best for you, said “no”; you get to have the slate wiped clean and walk away from that harmful thing! It pays to be submitted, to allow your authority to speak into your life. Another “blessing of boundaries”…

  2. The primary regulation regarding vows- taken by men and women alike- is that they be fulfilled. In situations where women are not subject to the authority of a father or husband, they are required to honor their vows, just as men are. Since men are in authority and are not at risk for abuse in Israelite society, nothing prevents them from honoring their pledges before God. they along with independent women such as divorcees and widows, are required to fulfill every oath and vow they make. So this law regarding women’s vows -the only regulation of its kind- is made for the protection of women, as were so many of God’s other laws (ex:Nu 5:11-31). God knows that their responsibilites to their families andto their husband may at times conflict with their vows and obligations to God. He therefore here provides a clause that will release women from their vows, eliminating the source of contention -and possible abuse- between women and those who have authority over them.

    Jesus says that we just shouldn’t make vows/oaths at all.
    Mat 5:33“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ 34But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

  3. It’s better not to make a vow we don’t intend to keep, but say if the Lord willing with His help . He is willing we commit to His word and prayer.It’s a special time because we get to speak with Him , and HE with us. As we minister daily to the Lord in worship even if we don’t feel like it it’s our duty.
    Our Heavenly Father, and souls are counting on our faithful prayers. Heaven recognizes our voice and responds.
    JESUS said, ” If we committed our all to Him we would receive more in this life than what we have given up, and eternal life in heaven.” Ll.8:29-30
    It’s never a waste when we offer our offerings , tithe, sacrifice, praise, worship,submitting and commitment unto the Lord

  4. We should never take our vows, pledges, or promises that we make lightly. Always pray before and be realistic. I believe the one fulfilled vow, pledge or promise is more pleasing unto the Lord than twenty broken ones.

    Verse 2 in the CEV reads…”When one of you men makes a promise to the LORD, you must keep your word.”

  5. Vow- a person is bound to an act, service or condition. Notice, the Lord wants us to speak out about a vow we committ to. By speaking it out, the Lord hears us and those around us hear our committment. We pray about the vow and keep it no matter what.

  6. 2If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

    We see here that a man is bound by his own words. The woman though is bound unless the authority releases her. A man is known by the vows that are kept and the woman is known by the authority’s vow.

  7. The binding power of a vow — God takes our vows to Him very seriously. Lord help us to be sincere when making them and have the fortitude to stick to them, even when adversity comes.

  8. I pray that by Jesus’ help I stick to my vows I have made to Him, and continue to grow deeper and deeper in LOVE with Him and His words. I want to take a deeper walk with You God. I want to be obedient with what You say to me and follow your commands, even though they seem harder than the ones I would have done for myself. My life is in Your hands.

  9. This chapter illustrates word. Just as ones word (oath) had meaning in Moses’s day so should it today. At one time it was said a person’s word is their bond, which is sadly fading in today’s generation. If one is to profess they are a Christian, than perhaps their word (oath) should be kept. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  10. Accountability from authority is represented here… Anybody can vow something in private to the Lord in a moment of excitement or emotion, and we should of course honor that because he is the ultimate authority. However we humans tend do follow through better when someone is holding us accountable; if the father or the husband “heard” the woman make a vow and the held their peace she is now accountable to God and the person that heard the vow. When you declare an oath or vow, let’s say, in front of your Pastor you are more likely to follow through with it. That’s a good thing! Accountability is a good thing! Your soul depends on your follow through… Your soul is bound to that oath or vow!



    2 If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

    “This is what God commands: When a man makes a vow to God or binds himself by an oath to do something, he must not break his word; he must do exactly what he has said. MSG

    Our relational value to GOD and each other is based on the value we place on keeping our word. “INTEGRITY” is a waining personal trait. We must daily examine our commitments and evaluate our performance of those commitments.

  12. God made provisions for a wife to be protected in even in vows by her husband. The church is the bride of Christ. He will protect his bride if we will allow him to.

  13. God has an order for those who are married or desire to be married and in order to be in his will we must follow after it. When we align ourselves with what God has set into place, we can’t help, but to be blessed.

  14. 2If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

    We must carefully consider every word we speak. One day we will have to give an account of them…

  15. under promise and overdeliver . I would always hear that from my Dad as he was a buisness man. This chapter puts even better understanding to how important it is to God that we keep our word. Keeping your word defines your character and we are ultimatly respected or disrespected in how we honor our agreements. I pray that I consider the journey and make wise vows as the Lord directs me.


  16. When a man vows, no one can break it. When a woman vows, her father or husband can break it, if they tell her no on the day she vowed it. If it is a widdow or divorcee they vow their own vows and their vows stand.

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