9Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:10If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.11Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?12Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.13Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning.14The youth may have come from prison to the kingship, or he may have been born in poverty within his kingdom.15I saw that all who lived and walked under the sun followed the youth, the king’s successor.16There was no end to all the people who were before them. But those who came later were not pleased with the successor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
1Guard 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.2Do 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.3A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool.4When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.5It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.6Do 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?