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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible
Numbers 30

 

 

Introduction

(Numbers 30:1, Numbers 30:2) Vows to be kept.

(Numbers 30:3-16) The cases wherein vows might be released.


Verse 1-2

No man can be bound by his own promise to do what he is already, by the Divine precept, forbidden to do. In other matters the command is, that he shall not break his words, through he may change his mind.


Verses 3-16

Two cases of vows are determined. The case of a daughter in her father's house. When her vow comes to his knowledge, it is in his power either to confirm it or do it away. The law is plain in the case of a wife. If her husband allows her vow, though only by silence, it stands. If he disallows it, her obligation to her husband takes place of it; for to him she ought to be in subjection, as unto the Lord. The Divine law consults the good order of families. It is fit that every man should bear rule in his own house, and have his wife and children in subjection; rather than that this great rule should be broken, or any encouragement be given to inferior relations to break those bonds asunder, God releases the obligation even of a solemn vow. So much does religion secure the welfare of all societies; and in it the families of the earth have a blessing.

 


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Bibliography Information
Henry, Matthew. "Concise Commentary on Numbers 30:4". "Matthew Henry Concise Commentary

on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mhn/numbers-30.html. 1706.

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Monday, December 9th, 2019
the Second Week of Advent
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