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Ecclesiastes 5:1-5 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

Reverence, Humility, and Contentment

[a] Guard your steps when you go to the house of God; to draw near to listen is better than the sacrifice offered by fools; for they do not know how to keep from doing evil.[b] [c] Never be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be quick to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few.

For dreams come with many cares, and a fool’s voice with many words.

When you make a vow to God, do not delay fulfilling it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Fulfill what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not fulfill it.


  1. Ecclesiastes 5:1 Ch 4.17 in Heb
  2. Ecclesiastes 5:1 Cn: Heb they do not know how to do evil
  3. Ecclesiastes 5:2 Ch 5.1 in Heb
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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