What are the consequences of breaking a vow?

Question: I made a vow to the Lord that I should die a painful death any day I do a certain thing. I have the urge to break the vow. What are the consequences of breaking such a vow? Will I be forgiven for breaking the vow? After seeking for forgiveness if the vow is…

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If Paul thought long hair was bad, why did he take a Nazirite vow?

Question: Thanks for the website. I read it all the time. I have a question concerning men and long hair. I know that I Corinthians 11 talks about that. The first part of the chapter is written off by many as cultural, but I disagree with that view; however, in verse 14, it states it…

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Does not being hasty in your heart mean that thoughts can be vows?

Question: Hello again, I’ve read again about what’s considered vowing, and saw a sentence in Ecclesiastes 5:2: “Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God.” Does the heart part mean after all, that our thoughts about vowing are taken as vows after all? Thank…

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Doesn’t Leviticus 27:29 indicate that God accepted human sacrifices?

Question: Dear Mr. Hamilton, In Leviticus 27:28, you say Jephthah’s daughter could not be redeemed, but Leviticus 27:29 says, “No person under the ban, who may become doomed to destruction among men, shall be redeemed, but shall surely be put to death.” Doesn’t it mean that Jephthah’s daughter should have been put to death and that human…

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Are vows made because of OCD compulsions to be kept?

Question: Hello, I have a question about OCD and the Bible. I have been a member of the church of Christ for about five years. I have been diagnosed with OCD and most of my issues revolve around my faith. I went for a few years undiagnosed and untreated because I didn’t know what was…

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I am compulsively making vows in my mind. Do I have to keep them?

Question: Hi, I have been going through a time of struggles dealing with so many vows: some intentional and others intrusive or unintentional. I am sure this is greatly related to OCD, but sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. For example, one time I was praying and an intrusive thought came in my head, “I’m…

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Do the redemption laws only apply to firstborn sons?

Question: In your article on Jephthah’s vow, you used the verses Exodus 13:2, 12-15 that all firstborn children belong to God, and as such Jephthah couldn’t redeem her. But I’ve heard commentaries saying that these verses only talked about males. Is there something I’m missing in this? Thanks in advance and God bless. Answer: “Consecrate to…

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