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Ecclesiastes 5

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5:1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and draw near to hear, rather than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they know not that they do evil.

5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in the heavens, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few.

5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business, and a fool's voice through a multitude of words.

5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

5:5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

5:6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an inadvertence. Wherefore should God be wroth at thy voice, and destroy the work of thy hands?

5:7 For in the multitude of dreams are vanities; so with many words: but fear God.

5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter; for a higher than the high is watching, and there are higher than they.

5:9 Moreover the earth is every way profitable: the king [himself] is dependent upon the field.

5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase. This also is vanity.

5:11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them; and what profit is there to the owner thereof, except the beholding [of them] with his eyes?

5:12 The sleep of the labourer is sweet, whether he have eaten little or much; but the fulness of the rich doth not suffer him to sleep.

5:13 There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt;

5:14 or those riches perish by some evil circumstance, and if he have begotten a son, there is nothing in his hand.

5:15 As he came forth from his mother's womb, naked shall he go away again as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.

5:16 And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came so doth he go away, and what profit hath he, in having laboured for the wind?

5:17 All his days also he eateth in darkness, and hath much vexation, and sickness, and irritation.

5:18 Behold what I have seen good and comely: [it is] to eat and to drink, and to enjoy good in all his labour wherewith [man] laboureth under the sun, all the days of his life which God hath given him: for that is his portion.

5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and power to eat thereof, and to take his portion and to rejoice in his labour: that is a gift of God.

5:20 For he will not much remember the days of his life, because God answereth [him] with the joy of his heart.

 

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