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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 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
3 A dreamp comes when there are many cares,
and many words mark the speech of a fool.q
4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it.r He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.s 5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.t 6 Do 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? 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.u
8 If you see the poor oppressedv in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still. 9 The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.
This too is meaningless.
so do those who consume them.
And what benefit are they to the owners
except to feast their eyes on them?
whether they eat little or much,
but as for the rich, their abundance
permits them no sleep.w
13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun:x
wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners,
so that when they have children
there is nothing left for them to inherit.
and as everyone comes, so they depart.y
They take nothing from their toilz
that they can carry in their hands.a
As everyone comes, so they depart,
and what do they gain,
since they toil for the wind?b
with great frustration, affliction and anger.
18 This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drinkc and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labord under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions,e and the ability to enjoy them,f to accept their lotg and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.h 20 They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.i
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