Your Attitude Toward God

1 1Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the 2sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil.
2 Do not be 3hasty in word or 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 4words be few.
3 For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a 5fool through many words.
4 When you 6make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. 7Pay what you vow!
5 It is 8better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.
6 Do not let your speech cause you 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?
7 For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, 10fear God.
8 If you see 11oppression of the poor and 12denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be 13shocked at the sight; for one official watches over * another official, and there are higher officials over them.
9 After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land.

The Folly of Riches

10 14He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.
11 15When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except * to look * on?
12 The sleep of the working man is 16pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.
13 There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: 17riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt.
14 When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing * to support him.
15 18As he had come naked from his mother's womb, so will he return as he came. He will 19take nothing * from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand.
16 This also is a grievous evil -exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So 20what is the advantage to him who 21toils for the wind?
18 Here is what I have seen to be 24good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one's labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his 25reward.
19 Furthermore, as for every man to whom 26God has given riches and wealth, He has also 27empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the 28gift of God.
20 For he will not often consider the years of his life, because 29God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.