Make Your Vow and Pay it, then God will Honor
True or false? Let's Find Out from the Scriptures
The argument rages on whether God requires us to pay our vows
before He honors our request? Hereunder are most of the
important passages in the Bible dealing with making vows to the
Lord. We do not seem to find any passage that requires that you
pay your vow before God honors your request.
Gen. 28:18-22. And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took
the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar,
and poured oil upon the top of it.
19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of
that city was called Luz at the first.
20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will
keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and
raiment to put on,
21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall
the LORD be my God:
22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's
house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth
Gen: 31:13. I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the
pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee
out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.
Num: 21: 1. And when king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the
south, heard tell that Israel came by the way of the spies; then he
fought against Israel, and took some of them prisoners.
2 And Israel vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou wilt
indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy
3 And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up
the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities:
and he called the name of the place Hormah.
Deut. 23:21. 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.
Note: the above verse in the book of Deuteronomy does not say to
pay it before the Lord honors your request. It will become sin unto
you if you failed to pay your vow after the Lord answered your
prayer. Don't let anyone take you for a ride using this verse. You
pay first, and then God doesn't give you what you asked, then God
becomes a liar and your enemy. It is not God who lied to you, It is
the false preacher who lied to you.
Deut. 23:22. But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in
thee. You do not have to vow to get anything from God.
23 That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform;
even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the
LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.
29 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he
passed over Gilead, and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of
Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he passed over unto the children
30 And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou
shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands,
31 Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my
house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of
Ammon, shall surely be the LORD'S, and I will offer it up for a burnt
32 So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon to fight
against them; and the LORD delivered them into his hands.
33 And he smote them from Aroer, even till thou come to Minnith,
even twenty cities, and unto the plain of the vineyards, with a very
great slaughter. Thus the children of Ammon were subdued before
the children of Israel.
34 And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his
daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and
she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.
35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes,
and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and
thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth
unto the LORD, and I cannot go back.
36 And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth
unto the LORD, do to me according to that which hath proceeded
out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for
thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon.
37 And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let
me alone two months, that I may go up and down upon the
mountains, and bewail my virginity, I and my fellows.
38 And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she
went with her companions, and bewailed her virginity upon the
39 And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned
unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had
vowed: and she knew no man. And it was a custom in Israel,
Note: Jephath's vow was made and kept because he lacked the
knowledge of the Scriptures. Human sacrifices are everywhere
forbidden in the Scriptures. God never even allowed for the
possibility of such a thing (Jer. 8:31). However, Jephthah did not
sacrifice his daughter before going to war, nor before the LORD
delivered the children of Ammon into his hands.
1Sam 1:11. And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if
thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and
remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto
thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all
the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
1 Sam. 1: 21. And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to
offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.
22 But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will
not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that
he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever.
23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee
good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD establish
his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she
24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with
three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and
brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child
25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.
26 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the
woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.
27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition
which I asked of him:
28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth
he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.
Note: Hannah did not bring Samuel to dwell in the house of the
Lord before she had him.
Job. 22:27. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall
hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto
thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
Ps 61:5-8. For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given
me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many
7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth,
which may preserve him.
8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily
perform my vows.
Prov. 20:25. It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is
holy, and after vows to make inquiry.
Deut. 23: 18. Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the
price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for
even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
21 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.
22 But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee. That
which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a
freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy
God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.
Ps. 22:2.5 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I
will pay my vows before them that fear him.
Ps. 50:14. Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the
Ps. 56:12. Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises
Jonah. 1:16. Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and
offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.
Jonah. 2:9. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of
thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the
Nah.1:15. Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth
good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn
feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass
through thee; he is utterly cut off.
Mal.1:14. But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a
male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the LORD a corrupt thing:
for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is
dreadful among the heathen.
Ezra 5:44. And certain of the chief of their families, when they
came to the temple of God that is in Jerusalem, vowed to set up the
house again in his own place according to their ability,
53 And all they that had made any vow to God began to offer
sacrifices to God from the first day of the seventh month, although
the temple of the Lord was not yet built.
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