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Chapter 14

9 (Mark 6:26; 1 Samuel 25:32-34). Wrong to Keep a Wrong Vow—David had taken an oath that Nabal and his household should perish; but now he saw that it was not only wrong to make such a vow, but it would be wrong to keep it. If Herod had had the moral courage of David, no matter how humiliating it might have been, he would have retracted the oath that devoted John the Baptist's head to the ax of the executioner, that the revenge of an evil woman might be accomplished, and he would not have had upon his soul the guilt of the murder of the prophet of God (The Signs of the Times, October 26, 1888). 5BC 1094.3