Ecclesiastes 5Lexham English Bible (LEB)
Listen to God Rather Than Uttering Rash Vows
5 [a] Guard your steps when you go to the house of God;
Powerful Bureaucrats Exploit the Helpless Poor
8 Do not be surprised if you see the poor being oppressed with violence
There is Never Enough Money to Satisfy
10 Whoever loves money is not satisfied with money,
Hoarding Wealth Can Backfire
13 There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: wealth hoarded[e] by its owner to his harm. 14 That wealth was lost in a bad venture. Although he has borne a child, he has nothing to leave to him.[f] 15 Just as he came from his mother’s womb naked, he will depart[g] just as he came; he will take nothing with him for his toil. 16 This also is a grievous illness. Exactly as he came, so he will go. What profit does he gain for all his toil for the wind? 17 Also, he eats in darkness all his days; he is frustrated in much sickness and resentment.
If You Have Wealth, Enjoy It as God Enables
18 Look! I have discovered what is good and fitting: to eat and to drink and to enjoy[h] all the fruit of the toil with which one toils under the sun during the number of the days of his life that God gives to him—for this is his lot.[i] 19 This indeed is a gift of God: everyone to whom God gives wealth and possessions, he also empowers him to enjoy them,[j] to accept his lot, and to rejoice in the fruit of his toil. 20 For he does not remember the brief days of his life, for God keeps his heart preoccupied with enjoyment of life.