If you refrain from making a vow, it will not be sinful.
the chief men refrained from talking and covered their mouths with their hands;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
Or do only Barnabas and I lack the right not to work?
“If someone 1 should attempt 2 a word with you, will you be impatient? 3 But who can refrain from speaking 4 ?
“But 1 if I speak, my pain is not relieved, 2 and if I refrain from speaking – how 3 much of it goes away?
Do not be angry and frustrated! 1 Do not fret! That only leads to trouble!
For even if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I would be telling 1 the truth, but I refrain from this so that no one may regard 2 me beyond what he sees in me or what he hears from me,
So the king of Israel assembled about four hundred prophets and asked them, “Should I attack Ramoth Gilead or not?” 1 They said, “Attack! The sovereign one 2 will hand it over to the king.”
So the king of Israel assembled 400 prophets and asked them, “Should we attack Ramoth Gilead or not?” 1 They said, “Attack! God 2 will hand it over to the king.”
Micaiah 1 came before the king and the king asked him, “Micaiah, should we attack Ramoth Gilead or not?” He answered him, “Attack! You will succeed; they will be handed over to you.” 2
“Therefore, 1 I will not refrain my mouth; 2 I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain 3 in the bitterness of my soul.
They detest me and maintain their distance; 1 they do not hesitate to spit in my face.
If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen under its load, you must not ignore him, 1 but be sure to help 2 him with it. 3
But there were ten men among them who said 1 to Ishmael, “Do not kill us. For we will give you the stores of wheat, barley, olive oil, and honey we have hidden in a field. 2 So he spared their lives and did not kill 3 them along with the rest. 4
He will also take their gods into captivity to Egypt, along with their cast images and prized utensils of silver and gold. Then he will withdraw for some years from 1 the king of the north.
When 1 I was with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia fully supplied my needs. 2 I 3 kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so.
When he came before the king, the king asked him, “Micaiah, should we attack Ramoth Gilead or not?” He answered him, “Attack! You will succeed; the Lord will hand it over to the king.” 1
surely you would not want to wait until they were old enough to marry! 1 Surely you would not remain unmarried all that time! 2 No, 3 my daughters, you must not return with me. 4 For my intense suffering 5 is too much for you to bear. 6 For the Lord is afflicting me!” 7
I weep and refrain from eating food, 1 which causes others to insult me. 2