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invalid. The Lord will forgive her because her father would not let her
fulfill them.
“Now suppose a young woman makes a vow or binds herself with an impulsive pledge and later marries. If her husband learns of her vow or pledge
and does not object on the day he hears of it, her vows and pledges will
stand. 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. If, however, a woman is a widow or is divorced, she must fulfill
all her vows and pledges.
“But suppose a woman is married and living in her husband’s home
when she makes a vow or binds herself with a pledge. If her husband hears
of it and does not object to it, her vow or pledge will stand. But if her
husband refuses to accept it on the day he hears of it, her vow or pledge
will be nullified, and the Lord will forgive her. So her husband may either
confirm or nullify any vows or pledges she makes to deny herself. But if he
does not object on the day he hears of it, then he is agreeing to all her vows
and pledges. If he waits more than a day and then tries to nullify a vow or
pledge, he will be punished for her guilt.”
These are the regulations the Lord gave Moses concerning relationships between a man and his wife, and between a father and a young
daughter who still lives at home.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “On behalf of the people of Israel, take
revenge on the Midianites for leading them into idolatry. After that, you
will die and join your ancestors.”
So Moses said to the people, “Choose some men, and arm them to fight
the Lord’s war of revenge against Midian. From each tribe of Israel, send
1,000 men into battle.” So they chose 1,000 men from each tribe of Israel, a total of 12,000 men armed for battle. Then Moses sent them out,
1,000 men from each tribe, and Phinehas son of Eleazar the priest led them
into battle. They carried along the holy objects of the sanctuary and the
trumpets for sounding the charge. They attacked Midian as the Lord had
commanded Moses, and they killed all the men. All five of the Midianite
­kings—­Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and R
­ eba—­died in the battle. They also
killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword.
Then the Israelite army captured the Midianite women and children
and seized their cattle and flocks and all their wealth as plunder. They
burned all the towns and villages where the Midianites had lived. After
they had gathered the plunder and captives, both people and animals,
they brought them all to Moses and Eleazar the priest, and to the whole





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