5 1Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God; for to draw nigh to
hear is better than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they know not that
they do evil.
2Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty
to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth:
therefore let thy words be few.
3For a dream cometh with a multitude of
business, and a fool's voice with a multitude of words.
4When thou vowest
a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay
that which thou vowest.
5Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than
that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
6Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy
flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that is was an error:
wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thy
7For in the multitude of dreams there are vanities, and in many
words: but fear thou God.
8If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and
the violent taking away of justice and righteousness in a province, marvel
not at the matter: for one higher than the high regardeth; and there are
higher than they.
9Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king
himself is served by the field.
10He that loveth silver shall not
be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance, with increase: this
also is vanity.
11When goods increase, they are increased that eat them;
and what advantage is there to the owner thereof, save the beholding of
them with his eyes?
12The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether
he eat little or much; but the fulness of the rich will not suffer him to
13There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun,
namely, riches kept by the owner thereof to his hurt:
riches perish by evil adventure; and if he hath begotten a son, there is
nothing in his hand.
15As he came forth from his mother's womb, naked
shall he go again as he came, and shall take nothing for his labor, which he
may carry away in his hand.
16And this also is a grievous evil, that in
all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that he
laboreth for the wind?
17All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he
is sore vexed, and hath sickness and wrath.
18Behold, that which I have
seen to be good and to be comely is for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy
good in all his labor, wherein he laboreth under the sun, all the days of his
life which God hath given him: for this is his portion.
19Every man also
to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat
thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor-this is the
gift of God.
20For he shall not much remember the days of his life;
because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.