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Ecclesiastes 5 DBY/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and draw near to hear, rather than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they know not that they do 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 rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in the heavens, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few. 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 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business, and a fool's voice through a multitude of words. 3 As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words.
4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.
5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. 5 It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.
6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an inadvertence. Wherefore should God be wroth at thy voice, and destroy the work of thy 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 For in the multitude of dreams are vanities; so with many words: but fear God. 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God.
8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter; for a higher than the high is watching, 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 Moreover the earth is every way profitable: the king [himself] is dependent upon the field. 9 The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.
10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase. This also is vanity. 10 Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them; and what profit is there to the owner thereof, except the beholding [of them] with his eyes? 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 the labourer is sweet, whether he have eaten little or much; but the fulness of the rich doth not suffer him to sleep. 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 grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt; 13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner,
14 or those riches perish by some evil circumstance, and if he have begotten a son, there is 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 forth from his mother's womb, naked shall he go away again as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry 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 also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came so doth he go away, and what profit hath he, in having laboured 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 also he eateth in darkness, and hath much vexation, and sickness, and irritation. 17 All his days he eats in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger.
18 Behold what I have seen good and comely: [it is] to eat and to drink, and to enjoy good in all his labour wherewith [man] laboureth under the sun, all the days of his life which God hath given him: for that is his portion. 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 also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and power to eat thereof, and to take his portion and to rejoice in his labour: that is a gift of 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 For he will not much remember the days of his life, because God answereth [him] 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.