Numbers 30* Vows to be kept. (1,2) The cases wherein vows might bereleased. (3-16)1,2 No man can be bound by his own promise to do what he isalready, by the Divine precept, forbidden to do. In othermatters the command is, that he shall not break his words,through he may change his mind. 3-16 Two cases of vows are determined. The case of a daughterin her father's house. When her vow comes to his knowledge, itis in his power either to confirm it or do it away. The law isplain in the case of a wife. If her husband allows her vow,though only by silence, it stands. If he disallows it, herobligation to her husband takes place of it; for to him sheought to be in subjection, as unto the Lord. The Divine lawconsults the good order of families. It is fit that every manshould bear rule in his own house, and have his wife andchildren in subjection; rather than that this great rule shouldbe broken, or any encouragement be given to inferior relationsto break those bonds asunder, God releases the obligation evenof a solemn vow. So much does religion secure the welfare of allsocieties; and in it the families of the earth have a blessing.
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