Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 5

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Ecclesiastes 5

CJB 1 Watch your step when you go to the house of God. Offering to listen is better than fools offering sacrifices, because they don't discern whether or not they are doing evil. 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. CJB 2 Don't speak impulsively - don't be in a hurry to give voice to your words before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; so 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. CJB 3 For nightmares come from worrying too much; and a fool, when he speaks, chatters too much. NIV 3 A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool. CJB 4 If you make a vow to God, don't delay in discharging it. For God takes no pleasure in fools, so discharge your vow! NIV 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. CJB 5 Better not to make a vow than to make a vow and not discharge it. NIV 5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. CJB 6 Don't let your words make you guilty, and don't tell the temple official that you made the vow by mistake. Why give God reason to be angry at what you say 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? CJB 7 For [this is what happens when there are too] many dreams, aimless activities and words. Instead, just fear God! NIV 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God. CJB 8 If you see the poor oppressed, rights violated and justice perverted in the province, don't be surprised; for a high official has one higher watching him, and there are others above 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. CJB 9 But the greatest advantage to the country is when the king makes himself a servant to the land. NIV 9 The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields. CJB 10 The lover of money never has enough money; the lover of luxury never has enough 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. CJB 11 When the quantity of goods increases, so does the number of parasites consuming them; so the only advantage to the owner is that he gets to watch them do it. 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? CJB 12 The sleep of a working man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the overfullness of the rich won't let them sleep at all. 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. CJB 13 Here is a gross evil which I have seen under the sun: the owner of wealth hoards it to his own hurt. NIV 13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners, CJB 14 Due to some misfortune, the wealth turns to loss; and then if he has fathered a son, he has nothing to leave him. NIV 14 or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when they have children there is nothing left for them to inherit. CJB 15 Just as he came from his mother's womb, so he will go back naked as he came, and for his efforts he will take nothing that he can carry away in his hand. 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. CJB 16 This too is a gross evil, that in every respect as he came, so will he go; thus what profit does he have after toiling to earn 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? CJB 17 All his life he eats in darkness, in frustration, in sickness and in anger. NIV 17 All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger. CJB 18 This is what I have seen to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, drink and enjoy the good that results from all his work that he engages in under the sun for all the days of his life that God has given him, for this is his allotted portion. 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. CJB 19 Also, everyone to whom God has given riches and wealth, along with the power to enjoy it, so that he takes his allotted portion and finds pleasure in his work - this is a gift of 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. CJB 20 for he will not brood over the fact that his life is short, since God keeps him occupied with what will bring him 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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