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Ecclesiastes 5:7

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

Read Ecclesiastes 5:7 Using Other Translations

For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.
For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear.
Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.

What does Ecclesiastes 5:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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.
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