1a1Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and drawnear to listenratherthan to offer the 2sacrifice of fools ; for they do not know they are doingevil.
2bDo not be 3hastycin word or dimpulsive 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 4words be few.
For the dreamcomes through mucheeffort and the voice of a 5fool through manywords.
4When you 6make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes nodelight in fools. 7Paywhat you vow !
It is 8better that you should not vowthan that you should vow and not pay.
Do not let your fspeech cause gyou to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a 9mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands ?
For in manydreams and in manywords there is hemptiness. Rather, i10fearGod.
8If you see11oppression of the poor and 12denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be 13shocked at the jsight ; for one kofficialwatchesover another lofficial, and there are highermofficialsover them.
After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land.
1014He who lovesmoney will not be satisfied with money, nor he wholovesabundance with its income. Thistoo is nvanity.
1115When goodthingsincrease, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their ownersexcept to olook on?
The sleep of the working man is 16pleasant, whether he eatslittle or much ; but the pfullstomach of the richman does not allow him to sleep.
13There is a grievousevil which I have seenunder the sun : 17riches being qhoarded by their owner to his hurt.
When thoseriches were lost through ra badinvestment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothingsto support him.
1518As he had comenaked from his mother'swomb, so will he return as he came. He will 19takenothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand.
16Thisalso is a grievousevil-exactly as a man tis born, thus will he udie. So 20what is the advantage to him who21toils for the wind ?
17Throughout his life22he alsoeats in darkness with 23greatvexation, sickness and anger.
18Here is what I have seen to be 24good and vfitting : to eat, to drink and wenjoy oneself in all one's labor in which he toilsunder the sun during the fewxyears of his lifewhichGod has given him; for this is his y25reward.
19Furthermore, as for everyman to whom26God has givenriches and wealth, He has also 27empowered him to eat from them and to receive his zreward and rejoice in his labor ; this is the 28gift of God.
For he will not oftenaaconsider the bbyears of his life, because29Godkeepscchim occupied with the gladness of his heart.