|Ecclesiastes 5 |
1 Walk carefully when you go to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to make the sacrifice of fools for they do not consider or understand that they do evil.1
2 Do not be rash with your mouth, and do not let your heart be hasty to utter anything before God. For God is in heaven, and you are upon the earth; therefore let your words be few.2
3 For a dream comes through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.
4 When you make a vow to God, do not defer its completion for he has no pleasure in fools; pay that which you have vowed.
5 Better is it that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay.
6 Do not allow your mouth to cause your flesh to sin; neither claim before the angel, that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your voice, and destroy the work of your hands?
7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also many vanities; but you, fear God.
8 If you see 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 regards; and there are those who are higher than they.
9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all; the king himself is served by the field.
10 He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loves abundance with increase; this is also vanity.
11 When goods increase, they are increased to those who eat them; and then what good is there to the owners, except to behold with their eyes?
12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not allow him to sleep.
13 There is a sore evil that I have seen under the sun: namely, riches kept for the owners of them to their hurt.
14 But those riches perish by evil travail; and he begets a son, and there is nothing in his hand.
15 As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labor, which he may carry away in his hand.
16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go; and what profit has he that has labored for the wind?
17 All his days also he eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.
18 Behold what I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor that he takes under the sun all the days of his life, which God gives him for it is his portion.
19 Also to every man whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to eat of them, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.
20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life because God fulfills him in the joy of his heart.
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1 Walk carefully when you go to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to make the sacrifice of fools for they do not consider or understand that they do evil. God does not want sacrifices, he wants you to have the foreskin of your heart circumcised; so that you can love him. He wants your heart to be cleansed and purged from evil. He wants you to listen to his voice, not tell him everything you want from him, or to praise him from your evil heart. So be quiet and listen, then obey what you hear; do this repeatedly, and you will see the salvation of God, brought to you by the grace of God, Jesus Christ.
2 Do not be rash with your mouth, and do not let your heart be hasty to utter anything before God. For God is in heaven, and you are upon the earth; therefore let your words be few. Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10. Be silent, oh all flesh before the Lord. Zech 2:13. Truly my soul silently waits upon God; from him comes my salvation. Psa 62:1. In repentance and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength. Isa 30:15. But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Hab 2:20. Pray, but do not babble repetitiously as the heathen do, thinking that by their many words they will be heard. Mat 6:7.
Look at the next verse: a fool's voice is known by multitude of words, when spoken in prayer.
Before you are perfect, your words of prayer are from the carnal mind, which is enmity with God; so we all should practice speaking as little as possible, (humble silence before God), until we are able to pray with words supplied by the Spirit of God. When we have words from the Spirit, we are worshipping in Spirit and Truth; and God must be worshipped in Spirit and Truth.
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