Numbers 30

1 Moses said to the leaders of the tribes: ‘The LORD says this. 2 A man must do everything that he promised to the LORD.

3 A young woman who lives in the house of her father might make a promise to the LORD. She must do everything that she has said. 4 She must do this if her father does not say anything. 5 But her father may say that she must not do it. Then she does not have to do it. The LORD will understand why she does not do it.

6 But the young woman might marry after she promised something to God. Or she might have promised something when she had not thought carefully about it. 7 If her husband does not say anything about it, she must keep her promise. 8 But her husband may say that he does not agree about the promise. He must say that on the day when he first knows about it. It might be a serious promise. Or it might be a promise that the woman had not thought carefully about. The woman does not have to do the thing now because of what her husband has said. And the LORD will forgive her.

9 If the husband of a woman has died, she must keep her promise. If the woman and her husband do not live together, they are not still married. If she makes a promise, she must do it.

10 A woman who is living with her husband might make a promise. 11 If her husband does not say anything about it, she must do it. 12 Her husband may say that she must not do it. She must obey him. The LORD will let her do that. 13 The husband can let her do what she promised to do. He can also say that she must not do it. 14 If the husband does not say anything about the promise, the woman must do it. 15 The husband may wait for a long time after he hears about the promise. Then, he may say that she must not do it. If that happens, God will be angry with the man. He will not be angry with the woman.’

16 The LORD gave to Moses those rules about a man and his wife. They are also about a father and a young daughter.