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Ecclesiastes 5 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Your Attitude Toward God

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:1 - [fn]Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:2 - [fn]Do not be hasty [fn]in word or [fn]impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:3 - For the dream comes through much [fn]effort and the voice of a fool through many words.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:4 - When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow!
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:5 - It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:6 - Do not let your [fn]speech cause [fn]you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:7 - For in many dreams and in many words there is [fn]emptiness. Rather, [fn]fear God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:8 - If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the [fn]sight; for one [fn]official watches over another [fn]official, and there are higher [fn]officials over them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:9 - After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land.

The Folly of Riches

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:10 - He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is [fn]vanity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:11 - When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to [fn]look on?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:12 - The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the [fn]full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:13 - There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches being [fn]hoarded by their owner to his hurt.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:14 - When those riches were lost through [fn]a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing [fn]to support him.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:15 - As he had come naked from his mother’s womb, so will he return as he came. He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:16 - This also is a grievous evil—exactly as a man [fn]is born, thus will he [fn]die. So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:17 - Throughout his life he also eats in darkness with great vexation, sickness and anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:18 - Here is what I have seen to be good and [fn]fitting: to eat, to drink and [fn]enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few [fn]years of his life which God has given him; for this is his [fn]reward.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:19 - Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his [fn]reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:20 - For he will not often [fn]consider the [fn]years of his life, because God keeps [fn]him occupied with the gladness of his heart.
NASB95 Footnotes
Ch 4:17 in Heb
Ch 5:1 in Heb
Literally: with your mouth
Literally: hurry your heart
Literally: task
Literally: mouth
Literally: your body
Literally: vanity
Or, revere
Literally: delight
Literally: high one
Literally: ones
Or, futility
Literally: see with their eyes
Literally: satiety
Literally: guarded
Literally: an evil task
Literally: in his hand
Literally: comes
Literally: go
Literally: beautiful
Literally: see good
Or, days
Or, share
Or, share
Literally: remember
Or, days
So with Gr

New American Standard Bible 1995
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