1Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and draw near to hear, rather than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they know not that they do evil.
2Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in the heavens, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few.
3For a dream cometh through the multitude of business, and a fool's voice through a multitude of words.
4When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
5Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
6Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an inadvertence. Wherefore should God be wroth at thy voice, and destroy the work of thy hands?
7For in the multitude of dreams are vanities; so with many words: but fear God.
8If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter; for a higher than the high is watching, and there are higher than they.
9Moreover the earth is every way profitable: the king himself is dependent upon the field.
10He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase. This also is vanity.
11When goods increase, they are increased that eat them; and what profit is there to the owner thereof, except the beholding of them with his eyes?
12The sleep of the labourer is sweet, whether he have eaten little or much; but the fulness of the rich doth not suffer him to sleep.
13There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt;
14or those riches perish by some evil circumstance, and if he have begotten a son, there is nothing in his hand.
15As he came forth from his mother's womb, naked shall he go away again as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.
16And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came so doth he go away, and what profit hath he, in having laboured for the wind?
17All his days also he eateth in darkness, and hath much vexation, and sickness, and irritation.
18Behold what I have seen good and comely: it is to eat and to drink, and to enjoy good in all his labour wherewith man laboureth under the sun, all the days of his life which God hath given him: for that is his portion.
19Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and power to eat thereof, and to take his portion and to rejoice in his labour: that is a gift of God.
20For he will not much remember the days of his life, because God answereth him with the joy of his heart.