Your Attitude toward God

[a](A)Guard your steps as you go to the house of God, and approach to listen rather than to offer the (B)sacrifice of fools; for they do not know that they are doing evil. [b]Do not be (C)quick with your mouth or [c]impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your (D)words be few. For the dream comes through much [d]effort, and the voice of a (E)fool through many words.

When you (F)make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. (G)Pay what you vow! It is (H)better that you not vow, than vow and not pay. Do not let your [e]speech cause [f]you to sin, and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a (I)mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice, and destroy the work of your hands? For in many dreams and in many words there is futility. Rather, [g](J)fear God.

If you see (K)oppression of the poor and (L)denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be (M)shocked at the [h]sight; for one [i]official watches over another [j]official, and there are higher [k]officials over them. After all, a king who cultivates the field is beneficial to the land.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 5:1 Ch 4:17 in Heb
  2. Ecclesiastes 5:2 Ch 5:1 in Heb
  3. Ecclesiastes 5:2 Lit hurry your heart
  4. Ecclesiastes 5:3 Lit task
  5. Ecclesiastes 5:6 Lit mouth
  6. Ecclesiastes 5:6 Lit your body
  7. Ecclesiastes 5:7 Or revere
  8. Ecclesiastes 5:8 Lit delight
  9. Ecclesiastes 5:8 Lit high one
  10. Ecclesiastes 5:8 Lit high one
  11. Ecclesiastes 5:8 Lit ones