Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
A solemn and religious promise or oath. (
See OATH.) It is more particularly taken for a solemn promise made to God, in which we bind ourselves to do or forbear somewhat for the promoting of his glory. Under the Old Testament dispensation, vows were very common, Judges 11:1-40 : Numbers 30:1-16 : But in the New Testament there is no command whatever for the observation of them. Hence it is supposed that vows belong more to the ceremonial law than to the Gospel; and that we are to be more dependent on divine grace to keep us, than to make resolutions and vows which we do not know that we shall be able to perform; and we certainly ought not to vow any thing but what we are able to perform.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Vow'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/v/vow.html. 1802.