It is a snare to a man to blurt out that which is holy and only afterwards plough his vows.

  • מוֹקֵשׁ means a snare or a noose to capture animals. So this chain of events creates a snare for a man to catch him so he cannot escape from the hunter.
  • יָלַע means to blurt or utter inconsiderately. He has said something which is sacred as if it were not holy! He has treated the sacred as if it were profane or even simply mundane. This one of the critical components of the snare.
  • קֹ֫דֶשׁ means that which is clean or has been made clean, either ceremonially or morally. We say holy or sacred.
  • נֵ֫דֶר means a promise (specifically to God) or a vow.
  • בָּקַר means properly to plough.

When you look at Jesus you see him organizing His spiritual life as a man in the proper order. He would go off to a quiet place to meet with the Father. There he spoke with the Father and listened to Him especially regarding His will. Then Jesus would go out and perform the ministry that composed his vows to the Father. Finally, he would go to the Temple and speak sometimes. He demonstrated for us the pattern for organizing our private and public spiritual lives. We are to order our spiritual life:

  1. my relationship with the Father, which comes from meeting with Him
  2. my actions of doing what I have agreed with God I should do
  3. speaking holy words in the congregation, in the assembly of believers [or anywhere else]

There is a proper order to these things. If the words come out of nothing (no actions) or the actions come out of nothing (no relating with the Father and gaining insight into His direction directly from Him) then the words and/or the actions mean nothing. They lack the authority that Jesus had and imparted to the Church. That authority is not intrinsic. It requires order, just as Paul pointed out regarding the use of the gifts in the assembly. It is true also of our private devotion and service as precursors to our assembling together.