Eclesiastes 5

1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter [any] thing before God: for God [is] in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

3 {\cf2 (5:2)} For as a dreame commeth by the multitude of businesse: so the voyce of a foole is in the multitude of wordes.

4 When thou vowest a vow to God, defer not to pay it; for [he hath] no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

5 {\cf2 (5:4)} It is better that thou shouldest not vowe, then that thou shouldest vow and not pay it.

6 Allow not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it [was] an error: why should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thy hands?

7 {\cf2 (5:6)} For in the multitude of dreames, and vanities are also many wordes: but feare thou God.

8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, wonder not at the matter: for [he that is] higher than the highest regardeth; and [there are] higher than they.

9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king [himself] is served by the field.

10 {\cf2 (5:9)} He that loueth siluer, shall not be satisfied with siluer, and he that loueth riches, shalbe without the fruite thereof: this also is vanitie.

11 {\cf2 (5:10)} When goods increase, they are increased that eate them: and what good commeth to the owners thereof, but the beholding thereof with their eyes?

12 The sleep of a labouring man [is] sweet, whether he eateth little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not allow him to sleep.

13 There is a grievous evil [which] I have seen under the sun, [namely], riches kept for the owners of them to their hurt.

14 But those riches perish by evil labour: and he begetteth a son, and [there is] nothing in his hand.

15 {\cf2 (5:14)} As hee came foorth of his mothers belly, he shall returne naked to goe as he came, and shal beare away nothing of his labour, which hee hath caused to passe by his hand.

16 And this also [is] a grievous evil, [that] in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?

17 All his days also he eateth in darkness, and [he hath] much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.

18 Behold [that] which I have seen: [it is] good and proper [for one] to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it [is] his portion.

19 {\cf2 (5:18)} Also to euery man to whom God hath giuen riches and treasures, and giueth him power to eate thereof, and to take his part, and to enioy his labour: this is the gift of God.

20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth [him] in the joy of his heart.