Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 5

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Ecclesiastes 5

CSB 1 Guard your step when you go to the house of God. Better to draw near in obedience than to offer the sacrifice as fools do, for they are ignorant and do wrong. 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. CSB 2 Do not be hasty to speak, and do not be impulsive to make a speech before God. 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. CSB 3 For dreams result from much work and a fool's voice from many words. NIV 3 A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool. CSB 4 When you make a vow to God, don't delay fulfilling it, because He does not delight in fools. Fulfill what you 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. CSB 5 Better that you do not vow than that you vow and not fulfill it. NIV 5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. CSB 6 Do not let your mouth bring guilt on you, and do not say in the presence of the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry with your words and destroy the work of your hands? 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? CSB 7 For many dreams bring futility, also many words. So, fear God. NIV 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God. CSB 8 If you see oppression of the poor and perversion of justice and righteousness in the province, don't be astonished at the situation, because one official protects another official, and higher officials [protect] 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. CSB 9 The profit from the land is taken by all; the king is served by the field. NIV 9 The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields. CSB 10 The one who loves money is never satisfied with money, and whoever loves wealth [is] never [satisfied] with income. This too is futile. NIV 10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. CSB 11 When good things increase, the ones who consume them multiply; what, then, is the profit to the owner, except to gaze at them with his eyes? 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? CSB 12 The sleep of the worker is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich permits him no 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. CSB 13 There is a sickening tragedy I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his harm. NIV 13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners, CSB 14 That wealth was lost in a bad venture, so when he fathered a son, he was empty-handed. NIV 14 or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when they have children there is nothing left for them to inherit. CSB 15 As he came from his mother's womb, so he will go again, naked as he came; he will take nothing for his efforts that he can carry in his hands. 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. CSB 16 This too is a sickening tragedy: exactly as he comes, so he will go. What does he gain who struggles 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? CSB 17 What is more, he eats in darkness all his days, with much sorrow, sickness, and anger. NIV 17 All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger. CSB 18 Here is what I have seen to be good: it is appropriate to eat, drink, and experience good in all the labor one does under the sun during the few days of his life God has given him, because that is his reward. 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. CSB 19 God has also given riches and wealth to every man, and He has allowed him to enjoy them, take his reward, and rejoice in his labor. 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. CSB 20 for he does not often consider the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with the joy of his heart. NIV 20 They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.

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