- If a man, any man, made a vow, he was bound to keep it regardless (30: 1, 2).
- If a young woman still living with her father took a pledge, she could not break it unless her father heard it and forbade it. In that case, she was released from the vow (30: 3 – 5).
- If a woman married immediately after making a vow, her husband could forbid the vow and she would not have to fulfill it (30: 6 – 8).
- If a widow or divorced woman made a vow, she was bound by it (30:9).
- If a married woman living with her husband made a vow, her husband could nullify it if it was a vow to ‘deny herself’. If he nullified it, she was not bound by it. Otherwise, she had to fulfill it. If he did not nullify it immediately after hearing of it, but later on, he was responsible for her guilt (30: 10 – 15).
- On one hand, these laws seem to provide (young) women a chance to get out of vows, but on the other, it might restrict their ability to serve God in that way. If a woman’s father or husband (if she was newly married) did not like a good vow she had made, he could nullify it.
- The restriction that a husband could nullify (only) vows his wife made to deny herself may or may not be reasonable depending on what ‘deny herself’ actually means.
- Think these laws laws oppress women? Perhaps. Define oppression.