Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 5

New International Reader's Version

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Ecclesiastes 5

NIRV 1 Be careful what you say when you go to God's house. Go there to listen. Don't be like foolish people when you offer your sacrifice. They do what is wrong and don't even know it. 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. NIRV 2 Don't be too quick to speak. Don't be in a hurry to say anything to God. He is in heaven. You are on earth. So use only a few words when you speak. 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. NIRV 3 Dreams come to people when they worry a lot. When foolish people talk, they use too many words. NIV 3 A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool. NIRV 4 When you make a promise to God, don't wait too long to carry it out. He isn't pleased with foolish people. So do what you have promised. NIV 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. NIRV 5 It is better to make no promise at all than to make a promise and not keep it. NIV 5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. NIRV 6 Don't let your mouth cause you to sin. Don't object to the temple messenger. Don't say, "My promise was a mistake." Why should God be angry with what you say? Why should he destroy what you have done? 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? NIRV 7 Dreaming too much and talking too much are meaningless. So have respect for God. NIV 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God. NIRV 8 Suppose you see poor people being mistreated somewhere. And what is being done to them isn't right or fair. Don't be surprised by that. One official is watched by a higher one. Others who are even higher are watching both of 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. NIRV 9 All of them take what the land produces. And the king himself takes his share from the fields. NIV 9 The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields. NIRV 10 Anyone who loves money never has enough. Anyone who loves wealth is never satisfied with what he gets. That doesn't have any meaning either. NIV 10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. NIRV 11 As more and more goods are made, more and more people use them up. So how can those goods benefit their owner? All he can do is look at them with longing. 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? NIRV 12 The sleep of a worker is sweet. It doesn't matter whether he eats a little or a lot. But the wealth of a rich man keeps him awake at night. 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. NIRV 13 I've seen something very evil on earth. It's when wealth is stored up and then brings harm to its owner. NIV 13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners, NIRV 14 It's also when wealth is lost because of an unwise business deal. Then there won't be anything left for the owner's son. NIV 14 or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when they have children there is nothing left for them to inherit. NIRV 15 A man is born naked. He comes into the world with nothing. And he goes out of it with nothing. He doesn't get anything from his work that he can take with him. 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. NIRV 16 Here's something else that is very evil. A man is born, and a man dies. And what does he get for his work? Nothing. It's like working for the 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? NIRV 17 All his life he eats in darkness. His life is full of trouble, suffering and anger. NIV 17 All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger. NIRV 18 I realized that it's good and proper for a man to eat and drink. It's good for him to be satisfied with his hard work on this earth. That's what he should do during the few days of life God has given him. That's what God made him for. 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. NIRV 19 Sometimes God gives a man wealth and possessions. He makes it possible for him to enjoy them. He helps him accept the life he has given him. He helps him to be happy in his work. All of those things are gifts from God. 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. NIRV 20 A man like that doesn't have to think about how his life is going. That's because God fills his heart with 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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