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Ecclesiastes 5 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Put your feet down with care when you go to the house of God, for it is better to give ear than to make the burned offerings of the foolish, whose knowledge is only of doing evil. 1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.
2 Be not unwise with your mouth, and let not your heart be quick to say anything before God, because God is in heaven and you are on the earth--so let not the number of your words be great. 2 Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
3 As a dream comes from much business, so the voice of a foolish man comes with words in great number. 3 As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words.
4 When you take an oath before God, put it quickly into effect, because he has no pleasure in the foolish; keep the oath you have taken. 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.
5 It is better not to take an oath than to take an oath and not keep it. 5 It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.
6 Let not your mouth make your flesh do evil. And say not before the angel, It was an error. So that God may not be angry with your words and put an end to the work of your hands. 6 Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the [temple] messenger, "My vow was a mistake." Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands?
7 Because much talk comes from dreams and things of no purpose. But let the fear of God be in you. 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God.
8 If you see the poor under a cruel yoke, and law and right being violently overturned in a country, be not surprised, because one authority is keeping watch on another and there are higher than they. 8 If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still.
9 It is good generally for a country where the land is worked to have a king. 9 The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.
10 He who has a love for silver never has enough silver, or he who has love for wealth, enough profit. This again is to no purpose. 10 Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
11 When goods are increased, the number of those who take of them is increased; and what profit has the owner but to see them? 11 As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them?
12 The sleep of a working man is sweet, if he has little food or much; but to him who is full, sleep will not come. 12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep.
13 There is a great evil which I have seen under the sun--wealth kept by the owner to be his downfall. 13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner,
14 And I saw the destruction of his wealth by an evil chance; and when he became the father of a son he had nothing in his hand. 14 or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him.
15 As he came from his mother at birth, so does he go again; he gets from his work no reward which he may take away in his hand. 15 Naked a man comes from his mother's womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.
16 And this again is a great evil, that in all points as he came so will he go; and what profit has he in working for the wind? 16 This too is a grievous evil: As a man comes, so he departs, and what does he gain, since he toils for the wind?
17 All his days are in the dark, and he has much sorrow, pain, disease, and trouble. 17 All his days he eats in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger.
18 This is what I have seen: it is good and fair for a man to take meat and drink and to have joy in all his work under the sun, all the days of his life which God has given him; that is his reward. 18 Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him--for this is his lot.
19 Every man to whom God has given money and wealth and the power to have pleasure in it and to do his part and have joy in his work: this is given by God. 19 Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work--this is a gift of God.
20 He will not give much thought to the days of his life; because God lets him be taken up with the joy of his heart. 20 He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.