There are about 30 biblical references to vows, most of which are from the Old Testament. The books of Leviticus and Numbers have several references to vows in relation to offerings and sacrifices. There were dire consequences for the Israelites who made and broke vows, especially vows to God. read more
In the culture of Bible times, honor was a serious matter. A man's reputation was the most important thing he owned. To renege on a vow to God was a serious offence. The Bible has several things to say about oaths. Numbers 30:2: "If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. read more
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.
When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.