Ecclesiastes 51Keep your foot, whenever you go to the house of God; and when you are near to hear, let your sacrifice be better than the gift of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil. 2Be not hasty with your mouth, and let not your heart be swift to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven above, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few. 3For through the multitude of trial a dream comes; and a fool's voice is with a multitude of words. 4Whenever you shall vow a vow to God, defer not to pay it; for He has no pleasure in fools. Pay, therefore, whatsoever you have vowed. 5It is better that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay. 6Do not allow your mouth to lead your flesh to sin; and say not in the presence of God, It was an error; lest God be angry at your voice, and destroy the works of your hands. 7For in a multitude of dreams and in many words there is vanity; rather fear God. 8If you should see the oppression of the poor, and the wresting of judgment and of justice in the land, wonder not at the matter; for there is a high one to watch over him that is high, and high ones over them. 9Also the abundance of the earth is for everyone. The king is dependent on the tilled field. 10He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he who has loved gain, in the abundance thereof. This also is vanity. 11In the multitude of good they are increased that eat it, and what virtue has the owner, but the right of beholding it with his eyes? 12The sleep of a servant is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep. 13There is an infirmity which I have seen under the sun, namely, wealth kept for its owner to his own hurt. 14And that wealth shall perish in an evil trouble, and the man begets a son, and there is nothing in his hand. 15As he came forth naked from his mother's womb, he shall return back as he came, and he shall receive nothing for his labor, that it should go with him in his hand. 16And this is also an evil infirmity; for as he came, so also shall he return. And what is his gain, for which he labors in vain? 17Yea, all his days are in darkness, and in mourning, and much sorrow, and infirmity, and wrath. 18Behold, I have seen good, that it is a fine thing for a man to eat and to drink, and to see good in all his labor in which he may labor under the sun; all the number of the days of his life which God has given to him; for it is his portion. 19Yea, and as for every man to whom God has given wealth and possessions, and has given to him power to eat thereof, and to receive his portion, and to rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. 20For he shall not much remember the days of his life; for God troubles him in the joy of his heart.
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