BibleGateway Verse of the Day (KJV)

Monday, February 14, 2011


"Vows are as they are made, like unto scents: If they be of ill composition, nothing offends more; if well-tempered, nothing is more pleasant. Either certainty of evil, or uncertainty of good, or impossibility of performance, makes vows of no service to God or man...An unlawful vow is ill made, but worse performed." --Joseph Hall (1574-1656, n.d.)


A vow, which is not to be made to any creature, but to God alone, is to be made and performed with all religious care and faithfulness;8 but popish monastical vows of perpetual single life,9 professed poverty,10 and regular obedience, are so far from being degrees of higher perfection, that they are superstitious and sinful snares, in which no Christian may entangle himself.11

8 Psalm 76:11; Genesis 28:20-22 [I would have added Deut. 23:21]
9 1 Corinthians 7:2,9 [I would have added 1 Tim. 4:2-4]
10 Ephesians 4:28 [I would have added Prov. 28:19 and Prov. 30:8]
11 Matthew 19:11 [This one would have been good for note 9 above; for this one, I would have chosen Is. 55:9Matt. 15:9; Rom. 10:6-7]

--The London Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 23, Paragraph 5, GD's notes in brackets

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