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Ecclesiastes 5 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God; to draw near to listen is better than the sacrifice offered by fools; for they do not know how to keep from 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 Never be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be quick to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your 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 dreams come with many cares, and a fool's voice with many words. 3 As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words.
4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay fulfilling it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Fulfill what you vow. 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 that you should not vow than that you should vow and not fulfill it. 5 It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.
6 Do not let your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake; why should God be angry at your words, and destroy 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 With many dreams come vanities and a multitude of words; but fear God. 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God.
8 If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and right, do not be amazed at the matter; for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. 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 But all things considered, this is an advantage for a land: a king for a plowed field. 9 The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.
10 The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. 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, those who eat them increase; and what gain has their owner but to see 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 Sweet is the sleep of laborers, whether they eat little or much; but the surfeit of the rich will not let them 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 ill that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owners to their hurt, 13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner,
14 and those riches were lost in a bad venture; though they are parents of children, they have nothing in their hands. 14 or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him.
15 As they came from their mother's womb, so they shall go again, naked as they came; they shall take nothing for their toil, which they may carry away with their hands. 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 This also is a grievous ill: just as they came, so shall they go; and what gain do they have from toiling 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 Besides, all their days they eat in darkness, in much vexation and sickness and resentment. 17 All his days he eats in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger.
18 This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot. 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 Likewise all to whom God gives wealth and possessions and whom he enables to enjoy them, and to accept their lot and find enjoyment in their toil—this is the 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 they will scarcely brood over the days of their lives, because God keeps them occupied with the joy of their hearts. 20 He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.