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Ecclesiastes 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 thine 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  For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

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

5  Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

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

7  For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

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

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

10  He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.



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