Ecclesiastes 5

1 Keep athy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, bthan to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. 2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words cbe few. 3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words. 4 dWhen thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: epay that which thou hast vowed. 5 fBetter is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. 6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; gneither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? 7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but hfear thou God. 8 If thou jseest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for ihe that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field. 10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. 11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes? 12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. 13 kThere is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. 14 But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand. 15 lAs he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand. 16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and mwhat profit hath he nthat hath laboured for the wind? 17 All his days also ohe eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.

18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. 19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. 20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because pGod answereth him in the joy of his heart.

 
Cross Ref
1aExo 3:5
Jos 5:15
Psa 89:7
Isa 1:12
b1 Sam 15:22
Psa 50:8
Pro 15:8
Hos 6:6
2cMat 6:7
Pro 10:19
Psa 39:1
4dGen 28:20
Num 30:2
Psa 50:14
Isa 19:21
ePsa 66:13-14
Jon 2:9
5fAct 5:4
Pro 20:25
6g1 Cor 11:10
1 Tim 5:21
7hDeu 10:12
Pro 23:17
Ecc 12:13
Heb 12:28
8iIsa 57:15
Psa 12:5
jEcc 3:16
13kEcc 6:1
15lJob 1:21
Psa 49:17
1 Tim 6:7
16mEcc 1:3
nPro 11:29
17oPsa 127:2
20pExo 23:25