Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 5

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Ecclesiastes 5

NLT 1 As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. NIV 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. NLT 2 Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few. NIV 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. NLT 3 Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool. NIV 3 As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words. NLT 4 When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. NIV 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. NLT 5 It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it. NIV 5 It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. NLT 6 Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved. NIV 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? NLT 7 Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead. NIV 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God. NLT 8 Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. NIV 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. NLT 9 Even the king milks the land for his own profit! NIV 9 The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields. NLT 10 Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! NIV 10 Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. NLT 11 The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers! NIV 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? NLT 12 People who work hard sleep well, whether they eat little or much. But the rich seldom get a good night’s sleep. NIV 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. NLT 13 There is another serious problem I have seen under the sun. Hoarding riches harms the saver. NIV 13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, NLT 14 Money is put into risky investments that turn sour, and everything is lost. In the end, there is nothing left to pass on to one’s children. NIV 14 or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him. NLT 15 We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us. NIV 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. NLT 16 And this, too, is a very serious problem. People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing—like working for the wind. NIV 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? NLT 17 Throughout their lives, they live under a cloud—frustrated, discouraged, and angry. NIV 17 All his days he eats in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger. NLT 18 Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. NIV 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. NLT 19 And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. NIV 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. NLT 20 God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past. NIV 20 He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.