The New International Version

Ecclesiastes 5:1–3

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Fulfill Your Vow to God

5 a 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.

Do not be quick with your mouth,

do not be hasty in your heart

to utter anything before God.n

God is in heaven

and you are on earth,

so let your words be few.o

A dreamp comes when there are many cares,

and many words mark the speech of a fool.q

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In Hebrew texts 5:1 is numbered 4:17, and 5:2–20 is numbered 5:1–19.

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See Job 6:24; See Pr 20:25

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