Ecclesiastes 5:1-9

Your Attitude Toward God

1 1Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the 2sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil.
2 Do not be 3hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore * let your 4words be few.
3 For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a 5fool through many words.
4 When you 6make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. 7Pay what you vow!
5 It is 8better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.
6 Do not let your speech cause you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a 9mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands?
7 For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, 10fear God.
8 If you see 11oppression of the poor and 12denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be 13shocked at the sight; for one official watches over * another official, and there are higher officials over them.
9 After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land.
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