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Proverbs 20:25 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— It is a snare to a man rashly to say, [It is] holy, And after vows to make inquiry.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [It is] a snare to the man [who] devoureth [that which is] holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— It is a trap for a man to say rashly, “It is holy!” And after the vows to make inquiry.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [It is] a snare to the man [who] devoureth [that which is] holy, and after vows to make inquiry.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— It is a snare to a man rashly to say, It is hallowed, and after vows to make inquiry.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— It is a snare to a man, that he should rashly cry Holy! and, after making vows, to reflect!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A snare to a man [is] he hath swallowed a holy thing, And after vows to make inquiry.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— It is ruin to a man to devour holy ones, and after vows to retract.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [It is] a snare to the man [who] deuoureth that which is holy: and after vowes, to make inquirie.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— It is a snare to a man hastily to consecrate some of his own property: for [in that case] repentance comes after vowing.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [It is] a snare to the man [who] devoureth [that which is] holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[It is] a snare 4170
{4170} Prime
From H3369; a noose (for catching animals), (literally or figuratively); by implication a hook (for the nose).
to the man 120
{0120} Prime
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
[who] devoureth 3216
{3216} Prime
A primitive root; to blurt or utter inconsiderately.
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
[that which is] holy, 6944
{6944} Prime
From H6942; a sacred place or thing; rarely abstractly sanctity.
and after 310
{0310} Prime
From H0309; properly the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjugation, after (in various senses).
vows 5088
{5088} Prime
From H5087; a promise (to God); also (concretely) a thing promised.
to make enquiry. 1239
{1239} Prime
A primitive root; properly to plough, or (generally) break forth, that is, (figuratively) to inspect, admire, care for, consider.
<8763> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 790
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 20:25

_ _ devoureth ... holy — or, better, “who rashly speaks promises,” or “devotes what is holy,” consecrating any thing. This suits better the last clause, which expresses a similar view of the results of rashly vowing.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 20:25

_ _ Two things, by which God is greatly affronted, men are here said to be ensnared by, and entangled not only in guilt, but in trouble and ruin at length: — 1. Sacrilege, men's alienating holy things and converting them to their own use, which is here called devouring them. What is devoted in any way to the service and honour of God, for the support of religion and divine worship or the relief of the poor, ought to be conscientiously preserved to the purposes designed; and those that directly or indirectly embezzle it, or defeat the purpose for which it was given, will have a great deal to answer for. Will a man rob God in tithes and offerings? Malachi 3:8. Those that hurry over religious offices (their praying and preaching) and huddle them up in haste, as being impatient to get done, may be said to devour that which is holy. 2. Covenant-breaking. It is a snare to a man, after he has made vows to God, to enquire how he may evade them or get dispensed with, and to contrive excuses for the violating of them. If the matter of them was doubtful, and the expressions were ambiguous, that was his fault; he should have made them with more caution and consideration, for it will involve his conscience (if it be tender) in great perplexities, if he be to enquire concerning them afterwards (Ecclesiastes 5:6); for, when we have opened our mouth to the Lord, it is too late to think of going back, Acts 5:4.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 20:25

A snare — It brings guilt upon him. After — After a man has made vows to enquire for ways to break them.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 20:25

[It is] a snare to the man [who] (g) devoureth [that which is] holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

(g) That is, to apply or take for his own use, that which was appointed to God's and then ask how he may be exempted from the fault.

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a snare:

Proverbs 18:7 A fool's mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul.
Leviticus 5:15 If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the LORD; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering:
Leviticus 22:10-15 There shall no stranger eat [of] the holy thing: a sojourner of the priest, or an hired servant, shall not eat [of] the holy thing. ... And they shall not profane the holy things of the children of Israel, which they offer unto the LORD;
Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, [whether] of the seed of the land, [or] of the fruit of the tree, [is] the LORD'S: [it is] holy unto the LORD.
Malachi 3:8-10 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. ... Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it].


Leviticus 27:9-10 And if [it be] a beast, whereof men bring an offering unto the LORD, all that [any man] giveth of such unto the LORD shall be holy. ... He shall not alter it, nor change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good: and if he shall at all change beast for beast, then it and the exchange thereof shall be holy.
Leviticus 27:31 And if a man will at all redeem [ought] of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth [part] thereof.
Numbers 30:2-16 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. ... These [are] the statutes, which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between the father and his daughter, [being yet] in her youth in her father's house.
Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 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. ... Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it [was] an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?
Matthew 5:33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
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Lv 5:15; 22:10; 27:9, 30, 31. Nu 30:2. Pv 18:7. Ec 5:4. Mal 3:8. Mt 5:33.

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