Ecclesiastes 5

1 Keep your foot when you goest to the house of God (Elohim), 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 your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter any thing before God (Elohim); for God (Elohim) is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your 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 you vowest a vow unto God (Elohim), defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which you have vowed.

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

6 Let not your mouth to cause your flesh to sin; neither say you before the angel, that it was an error; wherefore should God (Elohim) 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 divers vanities, but fear you God (Elohim).

8 If you 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.

11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them; and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?

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

13 There is a sore 43bevil (raah) which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.

14 But those riches perish by evil travail; and he begetteth 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 labour, 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 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 comely 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 (Elohim) giveth him, for it is his portion.

19 Every man also to whom God (Elohim) hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God (Elohim).

20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life, because God (Elohim) answereth him in the joy of his heart.