Euche, in latine Votum, is a forme of speech by which the Orator or speaker expresseth a solemne promise or vow; either made with condition, or rising from some vehement affection.
Examples of vowes made with condition. First of Jacob, Ge.28.21. Then Jacob vowed a vow saying: If God wil be with me, and will keep me in this journey which I go, and wil give me bread to eate, and cloth to put on, so that I come againe unto my father in safetie. Then shall the Lord be my God, and this stone which I have set up as a pillar, shall be Gods house, and of all that thou shalt give me, will I give the tenth unto thee.
Another of Jeptah: And Jeptah vowed a vow unto the Lord and sayd, I thou shalt deliver the children of Ammon into my hands then that thing that commeth out of my house to meet me when I come home in peace from the children of Ammon, shall be the Lords, and I will offer it for a burnt offring.
An example of a vow rising from affection, and without condition, is expressed in the Psalme 132.
The use of this figure.
This forme of speech
is used chiefly to signifie our gratitude and thankefull remembrance
for the thing obtained by our petition.
The pronouncing of a vow
ought to follow pondered deliberation, lest it be rashe, or unlawfull:
rash, as was the vowe of
unlawfull, as the vow of the Jewes, that they would neither
eat nor drinke till they had