Bible: Eccl 5:1-7


Rash Vows


Be careful what you do 2  when you go to the temple 3  of God;

draw near to listen 4  rather than to offer a sacrifice 5  like fools, 6 

for they do not realize that they are doing wrong.

5:2 Do not be rash with your mouth or hasty in your heart to bring up a matter before God,

for God is in heaven and you are on earth!

Therefore, let your words be few.

5:3 Just as dreams come when there are many cares, 7 

so 8  the rash vow 9  of a fool occurs 10  when there are many words.

5:4 When you make a vow 11  to God, do not delay in paying it. 12 

For God 13  takes no pleasure in fools:

Pay what you vow!

5:5 It is better for you not to vow

than to vow and not pay it. 14 

5:6 Do not let your mouth cause you 15  to sin,

and do not tell the priest, 16  “It was a mistake!” 17 

Why make God angry at you 18 

so that he would destroy the work of your hands?

5:7 Just as there is futility in many dreams,

so also in many words. 19 

Therefore, fear God!

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