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  • "I'll send you a young goat from my flock," Judah promised. "What pledge will you give me so I can be sure you will send it?" she asked. - Genesis 38:17

  • Judah asked his friend Hirah the Adullamite to take the young goat back to her and to pick up the pledges he had given her, but Hirah couldn't find her. - Genesis 38:20

  • "Then let her keep the pledges!" Judah exclaimed. "We tried our best to send her the goat. We'd be the laughingstock of the village if we went back again." - Genesis 38:23

  • My lord, I made a pledge to my father that I would take care of the boy. I told him, `If I don't bring him back to you, I will bear the blame forever.' - Genesis 44:32

  • If you take your neighbor's cloak as a pledge of repayment, you must return it by nightfall. - Exodus 22:26

  • A man who makes a vow to the LORD or makes a pledge under oath must never break it. He must do exactly what he said he would do. - Numbers 30:2

  • "If a young woman makes a vow to the LORD or a pledge under oath while she is still living at her father's home, - Numbers 30:3

  • and her father hears of the vow or pledge but says nothing, then all her vows and pledges will stand. - Numbers 30:4

  • But if her father refuses to let her fulfill the vow or pledge on the day he hears of it, then all her vows and pledges will become invalid. The LORD will forgive her because her father would not let her fulfill them. - Numbers 30:5

  • "Now suppose a young woman takes a vow or makes an impulsive pledge and later marries. - Numbers 30:6

  • If her husband learns of her vow or pledge and raises no objections on the day he hears of it, her vows and pledges will stand. - Numbers 30:7

  • But if her husband refuses to accept her vow or impulsive pledge on the day he hears of it, he nullifies her commitments, and the LORD will forgive her. - Numbers 30:8

  • If, however, a woman is a widow or is divorced, she must fulfill all her vows and pledges no matter what. - Numbers 30:9

  • "Suppose a woman is married and living in her husband's home when she makes a vow or pledge. - Numbers 30:10

  • If her husband hears of it and does nothing to stop her, her vow or pledge will stand. - Numbers 30:11
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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