'Refrain' in the Bible
The king of Egypt said to them, "Moses and Aaron, why do you cause the people to refrain from their work? Return to your labor!"
If you refrain from making a vow, it will not be sinful.
"If someone should attempt a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can refrain from speaking?
"Therefore, I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
"Refrain from talking with me so that I may speak; then let come to me what may.
"But if I speak, my pain is not relieved, and if I refrain from speaking -- how much of it goes away?
I weep and refrain from eating food, which causes others to insult me.
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
Sustain me with raisin cakes, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love. The Double Refrain: Embracing and Adjuration
The Adjuration Refrain The Beloved to the Maidens:I admonish you, O maidens of Jerusalem, by the gazelles and by the young does of the open fields: "Do not awake or arouse love until it pleases!"
The people who do this will be blessed, the people who commit themselves to obedience, who observe the Sabbath and do not defile it, who refrain from doing anything that is wrong.
For even if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I would be telling the truth, but I refrain from this so that no one may regard me beyond what he sees in me or what he hears from me,