This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images,
or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the
original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXVIII. CONCERNING VOWS. Lev.
xxvii. 1-34, S already remarked, the book of Leviticus certainly
ix. seems, at first sight, to be properly completed with the
previous chapter; and hence it has been not unnaturally suggested
that this chapter has by some editor been transferred, either of
intention or accident, from an earlier part of the book--as, e.g.,
after chapter xxv. The question is one of no importance; but it is
not hard to perceive a good reason for the position of this chapter
after not only the rest of the law, but also after the words of
promise and threatening which conclude and seal its prescriptions.
For what has preceded has concerned duties of religion which were
obligatory upon all Israelites; the regulations of this chapter, on
the contrary, have to do with special vows, which were obligatory
on no one, and concerning which it is expressly said (Deut. xxiii.
22): "If thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee." To
these, therefore, the promises and threats of the covenant could
not directly apply, and therefore the law which regulates the
making and keeping of vows is not unfitly made to follow, as an
appendix, the other legislation of the book. Howsoever the making
of vows be not obligatory as a necessary part of the religious
life, yet, in all ages and in all religions, a certain instinct of
the heart has often led persons, either in order to procure
something from God, or as a thank-offering for some special favour
received, or else as a spontaneous expression of love to God, to
"make a special vow." But just in proportion to the sincerity and
depth of the devout feeling which suggests such special acts of
worship and devo tion, will be the desire to act in the vow, as in
all else, according to the will of God, so t...
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