1611 King James Bible

Ecclesiastes 5

Vanities in divine service,

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Kepe thy foote when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to heare, then to giue the sacrifice of fooles: for they consider not that they doe euill. Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to vtter any thing before God: for God [is] in heauen, and thou vpon earth: therefore let thy words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:3 For a dreame commeth through the multitude of businesse, and a fooles voyce is [knowen] by multitude of words. Ecclesiastes 5:4 When thou vowest a vow vnto God, deferre not to pay it: for he [hath] no pleasure in fooles; pay that which thou hast vowed. Ecclesiastes 5:5 Better [is] it that thou shouldest not vowe, then that thou shouldest vowe and not pay. Ecclesiastes 5:6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sinne, neither say thou before the Angel, that it [was] an errour: wherefore should God be angrie at thy voyce, and destroy the worke of thine hands? Ecclesiastes 5:7 For in the multitude of dreames and many words, [there are] also diuers vanities: but feare thou God.

in murmuring against oppression,

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poore, and violent peruerting of iudgement, and iustice in a prouince, maruell not at the matter: for he that is higher then the highest, regardeth, and [there be] higher then they.

and in riches.

Ecclesiastes 5:9 Moreouer the profit of the earth is for all: the king [himselfe] is serued by the field. Ecclesiastes 5:10 Hee that loueth siluer shall not be satisfied with siluer; nor he that loueth abundance, with increase: this [is] also vanitie. Ecclesiastes 5:11 When goods increase, they are increased that eate them: and what good [is there] to the owners thereof, sauing the beholding [of them] with their eyes? Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleepe of a labouring man is sweete, whether he eate little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleepe. Ecclesiastes 5:13 There is a sore euill [which] I haue seene vnder the Sun, [namely] riches kept for the owners therof to their hurt. Ecclesiastes 5:14 But those riches perish by euill trauell; and he begetteth a sonne, and there is nothing in his hand. Ecclesiastes 5:15 As he came forth of his mothers wombe, naked shall he returne to goe as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand. Ecclesiastes 5:16 And this also [is] a sore euill, that in all points as he came, so shall hee goe: and what profit [hath] he that hath laboured for the winde? Ecclesiastes 5:17 All his dayes also hee eateth in darkenesse, and he hath much sorrowe, and wrath with his sicknesse.

Joy in riches is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold that which I haue seene: It is good and comely [for] one to eate and to drinke, and to enioy the good of all his labour that he taketh vnder the sunne, all the dayes of his life, which God giueth him: for it is his portion. Ecclesiastes 5:19 Euery man also to whom God hath giuen riches and wealth, and hath giuen him power to eate thereof, and to take his portion, and to reioyce in his labour; this [is] the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 5:20 For he shall not much remember the dayes of his life: because God answereth [him] in the ioy of his heart.

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