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Ecclesiastes 5

CEB 1 Watch your steps when you go to God's house. It's more acceptable to listen than to offer the fools' sacrifice—they have no idea that they're acting wrongly. 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. CEB 2 Don't be quick with your mouth or say anything hastily before God, because God is in heaven, but you are on earth. Therefore, 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. CEB 3 Remember: Dreams come with many cares, and the voice of fools with many words. NIV 3 A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool. CEB 4 When you make a promise to God, fulfill it without delay because God has no pleasure in fools. Fulfill what you promise. NIV 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. CEB 5 Better not to make a promise than to make a promise without fulfilling it. NIV 5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. CEB 6 Don't let your mouth make a sinner of you, and don't say to the messenger: "It was a mistake!" Otherwise, God may become angry at such talk and destroy what you have accomplished. 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? CEB 7 Remember: When dreams multiply, so do pointless thoughts and excessive speech. Therefore, fear God. NIV 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God. CEB 8 If you witness the poor being oppressed or the violation of what is just and right in some territory, don't be surprised because a high official watches over another, and yet others stand over them. 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. CEB 9 But the land's yield should be for everyone if the field is cultivated. NIV 9 The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields. CEB 10 The money lover isn't satisfied with money; neither is the lover of wealth satisfied with income. This too is pointless. NIV 10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. CEB 11 When good things flow, so do those who consume them. But what do owners benefit from such goods, except to feast their eyes on them? NIV 11 As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them? CEB 12 Sweet is the worker's sleep, whether there's a lot or little to eat; but the excess of the wealthy won't let them sleep. NIV 12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep. CEB 13 I have seen a sickening tragedy under the sun: people hoard their wealth to their own detriment. NIV 13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners, CEB 14 Then that wealth is lost in a bad business venture so that when they have children, they are left with nothing. NIV 14 or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when they have children there is nothing left for them to inherit. CEB 15 Just as they came from their mother's womb naked, naked they'll return, ending up just like they started. All their hard work produces nothing—nothing they can take with them. NIV 15 Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands. CEB 16 This too is a sickening tragedy: they must pass on just as they arrived. What then do they gain from working so hard for wind? NIV 16 This too is a grievous evil: As everyone comes, so they depart, and what do they gain, since they toil for the wind? CEB 17 What's more, they constantly eat in darkness, with much aggravation, grief, and anger. NIV 17 All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger. CEB 18 This is the one good thing I've seen: it's appropriate for people to eat, drink, and find enjoyment in all their hard work under the sun during the brief lifetime that God gives them because that's their lot in life. NIV 18 This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. CEB 19 Also, whenever God gives people wealth and riches and enables them to enjoy it, to accept their place in the world and to find pleasure in their hard work—all this is God's gift. NIV 19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. CEB 20 Indeed, people shouldn't brood too much over the days of their lives because God gives an answer in their hearts' joy. NIV 20 They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.

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