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.
5:2 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.
5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a
fool's voice [is known] by a multitude of words.
5:4 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.
5:5 Better [is it] that thou shouldst not vow, than that thou
shouldst vow and not pay.
5:6 Suffer 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?
5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words [there are]
also [divers] vanities: but fear thou God.
5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent
perversion 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.
5:9 Moreover, the profit of the earth is for all: the king
[himself] is served by the field.
5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver;
nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this [is] also
5:11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and
what good [is there] to the owners of them, saving the
beholding [of them] with their eyes?
5:12 The sleep of a laboring man [is] sweet, whether he eateth
little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer
him to sleep.
5:13 There is a grievous evil [which] I have seen under the sun,
[namely], riches kept for the owners of them to their hurt.
5:14 But those riches perish by evil labor: and he begetteth a
son, and [there is] nothing in his hand.
5:15 As he came into the world, naked shall he return to go as
he came, and shall take nothing of his labor, which he may
carry away in his hand.
5:16 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
labored for the wind?
5:17 All his days also he eateth in darkness, and [he hath] much
sorrow and wrath with his sickness.
5:18 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
labor that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life,
which God giveth him: for it [is] his portion.
5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth,
and hath given him power to eat of it, and to take his portion,
and to rejoice in his labor; this [is] the gift of God.
5:20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life;
because God answereth [him] in the joy of his heart.