Ecclesiastes 5

Your Attitude Toward God

Ch 4:17 in Heb
,
b Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the c sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil.
Ch 5:1 in Heb
Do not be e hasty
Lit with your mouth
in word or
Lit hurry your heart
impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your h words be few.
For the dream comes through much
Lit task
effort and the voice of a j fool through many words.

When you k make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. l Pay what you vow! It is m better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. Do not let your
Lit mouth
speech cause
Lit your body
you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a p mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands?
For in many dreams and in many words there is
Lit vanity
emptiness. Rather
Or revere
,
s fear God.

If you see t oppression of the poor and u denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be v shocked at the
Lit delight
sight; for one
Lit high one
official watches over another
Lit high one
official, and there are higher
Lit ones
officials over them.
After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land.

The Folly of Riches

10  aa He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is
Or futility
vanity.
11  ac When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to
Lit see with their eyes
look on?
12 The sleep of the working man is ae pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the
Lit satiety
full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.

13 There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: ag riches being
Lit guarded
hoarded by their owner to his hurt.
14 When those riches were lost through
Lit an evil task
a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing
Lit in his hand
to support him.
15  ak As he had come naked from his mother’s womb, so will he return as he came. He will al take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand. 16 This also is a grievous evilexactly as a man
Lit comes
is born, thus will he
Lit go
die. So ao what is the advantage to him who ap toils for the wind?
17 Throughout his life aq  he also eats in darkness with ar great vexation, sickness and anger.

18 Here is what I have seen to be as good and
Lit beautiful
fitting: to eat, to drink and
Lit see good
enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few
Or days
years of his life which God has given him; for this is his
Or share
,
ax reward.
19 Furthermore, as for every man to whom ay God has given riches and wealth, He has also az empowered him to eat from them and to receive his
Or share
reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the bb gift of God.
20 For he will not often
Lit remember
consider the
Or days
years of his life, because be God keeps
So with Gr
him occupied with the gladness of his heart.
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