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Ecclesiastes 5 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:1 - Be careful what you do when you go to the temple of God; draw near to listen rather than to offer a sacrifice like fools, for they do not realize that they are doing wrong.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:2 - Do not be rash with your mouth or hasty in your heart to bring up a matter before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth! Therefore, let your words be few.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:3 - Just as dreams come when there are many cares, so the rash vow of a fool occurs when there are many words.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:4 - When you make a vow to God, do not delay in paying it. For God takes no pleasure in fools: Pay what you vow!

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:5 - It is better for you not to vow than to vow and not pay it.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:6 - Do not let your mouth cause you to sin, and do not tell the priest, "It was a mistake!" Why make God angry at you so that he would destroy the work of your hands?"

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:7 - Just as there is futility in many dreams, so also in many words. Therefore, fear God!

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:8 - If you see the extortion of the poor, or the perversion of justice and fairness in the government, do not be astonished by the matter. For the high official is watched by a higher official, and there are higher ones over them!

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:9 - The produce of the land is seized by all of them, even the king is served by the fields.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:10 - The one who loves money will never be satisfied with money, he who loves wealth will never be satisfied with his income. This also is futile.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:11 - When someone's prosperity increases, those who consume it also increase; so what does its owner gain, except that he gets to see it with his eyes?

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:12 - The sleep of the laborer is pleasant - whether he eats little or much - but the wealth of the rich will not allow him to sleep.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:13 - Here is a misfortune on earth that I have seen: Wealth hoarded by its owner to his own misery.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:14 - Then that wealth was lost through bad luck; although he fathered a son, he has nothing left to give him.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:15 - Just as he came forth from his mother's womb, naked will he return as he came, and he will take nothing in his hand that he may carry away from his toil.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:16 - This is another misfortune: Just as he came, so will he go. What did he gain from toiling for the wind?

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:17 - Surely, he ate in darkness every day of his life, and he suffered greatly with sickness and anger.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:18 - I have seen personally what is the only beneficial and appropriate course of action for people: to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in all their hard work on earth during the few days of their life which God has given them, for this is their reward.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:19 - To every man whom God has given wealth, and possessions, he has also given him the ability to eat from them, to receive his reward and to find enjoyment in his toil; these things are the gift of God.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 5:20 - For he does not think much about the fleeting days of his life because God keeps him preoccupied with the joy he derives from his activity.

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