Bible VersionsGNTEcclesiastes 1:13; Ecclesiastes 2:3; Ecclesiastes 5:2; Ecclesiastes 10:20
Ecclesiastes 1:13; Ecclesiastes 2:3; Ecclesiastes 5:2; Ecclesiastes 10:20 (Good News Translation)
I determined that I would examine and study all the things that are done in this world. God has laid a miserable fate upon us.
Driven on by my desire for wisdom, I decided to cheer myself up with wine and have a good time. I thought that this might be the best way people can spend their short lives on earth.
Think before you speak, and don't make any rash promises to God. He is in heaven and you are on earth, so don't say any more than you have to.
Don't criticize the king, even silently, and don't criticize the rich, even in the privacy of your bedroom. A bird might carry the message and tell them what you said.
Scripture taken from the Good News Translation - Second Edition, Copyright 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission. (The Good News Translation - The Holy Bible Online)