Bible: Ecclesiastes 5:1-9


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!

Government Corruption

5:8 If you see the extortion 20  of the poor,

or the perversion 21  of justice and fairness in the government, 22 

do not be astonished by the matter.

For the high official is watched by a higher official, 23 

and there are higher ones over them! 24 

5:9 The produce of the land is seized 25  by all of them,

even the king is served 26  by the fields. 27 

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