Ecclesiastes 5:7

7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.

Ecclesiastes 5:7 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.
English Standard Version (ESV)
7 For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear.
New Living Translation (NLT)
7 Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.
The Message Bible (MSG)
7 But against all illusion and fantasy and empty talk There's always this rock foundation: Fear God!
American Standard Version (ASV)
7 For in the multitude of dreams there are vanities, and in many words: but fear thou God.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
7 In spite of many daydreams, pointless actions, and empty words, you should still fear God.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
7 For many dreams bring futility, also many words. So, fear God.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
7 Dreaming too much and talking too much are meaningless. So have respect for God.

Ecclesiastes 5:7 Meaning and Commentary

Ecclesiastes 5:7

For in the multitude of dreams, and many words, [there are]
also [divers] vanities
Or as, "in a multitude of dreams, [there are] many vanities, [so] also in a multitude of words" F19; as dreams are vain things, or there are abundance of vain things that come into the mind in dreams; so vain and idle are the many excuses which are made for the non-performance of vows; or there are many vain things which are uttered in making of them, or in long prayers to God; or in discourses concerning him; to all which is opposed the fear of God; but fear thou God;
give no heed to dreams, nor to the many words of men, which are vain and foolish; but keep close to the word of God, and worship him internally and externally, in spirit and in truth; for herein lies the sum and substance of religion; see ( Ecclesiastes 12:13 ) ; The Targum is,

``for in the multitude of the dreams of the false prophets believe not, nor in the vanities of the authors of enchantments, and the many speeches of ungodly men; but serve the wise and just, and of them seek doctrine, and fear before the Lord;''
see ( Jeremiah 23:28 ) ;

F19 So Luther, Broughton, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Gejerus.

Ecclesiastes 5:7 In-Context

5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.
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 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.
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 The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Ecclesiastes 3:14; Ecclesiastes 12:13
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