Ecclesiastes Chapter 5

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Ecclesiastes 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.

Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

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

Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?

For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

If thou 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.

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 suffer him to sleep.

13 There is a sore evil 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 giveth him: for it is his portion.

19 Every man also to whom God 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.

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

36 thoughts on “Ecclesiastes Chapter 5

  1. AMEN, God i agree!

    I have been guilty of this. But i pray that God will have mercy on me. He is very understanding but dont mess with Him.iike the saying says: Dont mess w Texas~ The bible says: Dont mess w God. Thank you Lord (God) for this passage today. I Repent. in(God) Jesus’ beautiful Name.

  2. (i was outside on porch now im inside read bible verse)~

    I read forgot where~
    “If you hate your father and mother, wife or husband, brethren or sister or you hate your life you cannot be one of my desciples.”

    Whoah that woke me up. Thank you Jesus for showing me that.
    Cause I consider me one of Your’s forever, Jesus.

  3. 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.

    2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

    3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

    What more can you say to these scriptures (keep thy foot) when you go to the house of God. Why thy foot?

    Our feet carry us every where we go! We should be aware of the place we are going, non other than the House of God. We should go with an open heart and mind to hear from God! Be ready to hear not be critical of everything that goes on there, the choice of songs, etc. The message the preacher chooses. Let’s not give the sacrifice of fools and run our mouths which most of are very good at doing.
    Ever notice that verse one said these people do not even consider that they do evil. Most people do not realize what they are doing when they are talking about the church leaders and the man of God. They could be destroying a potential saint in the church and the pastors ability to reach that soul.
    Be careful what you say in front of your children, the man you are talking about is probably the same man you will call when problems come your way. Your children will wonder why are you calling that old buzzard now!

    GOD BLESS POFW!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers! There is another serious problem I have seen under the sun. Hoarding riches harms the saver. Money is put into risky investments that turn sour, and everything is lost. In the end, there is nothing left to pass on to one’s children. (Ecclesiastes 5:10, 11, 13, 14 NLT)

    • Don’t take me wrong God wishes us to prosper and not lack but it is better to work, tithe, and receive His blessings that be full of worldly riches and lack salvation.

  5. CLOSE YOUR MOUTH AND LISTEN

    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.
    2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy 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 thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
    5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

    The more I am privileged to serve people the more I realize; most people really do not want to hear me talk; but want to hear themselves talk. All too often do I find that the words of counsel and wisdom that I have shared and many times the LORD through this vessel. Those same words I find trampled in the street of ignore-ance and dis-obdience. People rarely take notes when they come to the house of the LORD or a meeting at the house of the LORD.

    They come, they hear, they commit, however they do not, because they don’t prepare for IT. There are TOO many people talking and TOO few people LISTENING.

    ***BE more READY to HEAR!
    ***BE slow to SPEAK!
    ***PAY your VOW! DO what you say you are going to DO.

    (The POFW Discipleship, Leadership and Ministry Covenants are represented in this verse.)

    The Apostle Paul exercised this wisdom in his epistle.

    1Thessalonians 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
    12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

    In other words;

    STOP making promises or commitments with your mouth that your heart cannot uphold. Stop TALKING and start LIVING what you say. Your actions are screaming so LOUD we cannot hear what you are saying.

    CLOSE YOUR MOUTH AND LISTEN AND LEARN

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  6. v1Keep 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.

    Let’s be about our Heavenly Father’s
    bussiness . There has to be a reverence in HIS house, we are on Holy ground.
    There is power in obedience to HIS WORD we must never take HIS WORD lightly.
    When GOD says something HE means it.
    Always be ready to worship HIM in spirit and on truth. Ready to seek HIS face.

    iWorship
    iSeek
    iPray
    iPraise
    iGive
    Now

  7. 🎶🎶🎶Bless THE LORD, o my soul and all that there is with in me, BKESS his Holy name.
    For HE has done frat things🎶🎶🎶🎶
    He has done🎶🎶❤🎶❤🎶❤great things
    (In us, in POFW,in Fort WORTH) bless his Holy Name!!!!!🎶🎶🎶🎶
    /////THANKFUL ////////
    5:7 for in the multitude of dreams and many words, there are also divers vanities:but fear thou GOD.
    ——- 5:7 NLT talk is cheap,like daydreams and other useless activities .
    – Fear GOD instead.
    ———————-
    We all have desires, we all have needs and wants, we all would like things to happen at the moment and sometimes we get so coughs up with our situations and starting to:
    Talk, talk and talk.
    I am tired of it!!!!! ( to hear it….) but there is hope, and our hope is JESUS, I will focus on JESUS , ( on the light)I Will live one day at the time, trusting in the LORD, that he is and will guide my feet.
    So instead of talk, talk, talk ….. My plan desire should be ( and is) to FEAR THE LORD) and walk in his ways.
    YOUR WILL BE DONE, ABBA!

  8. 15 We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us.16 And this, too, is a very serious problem. People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing—like working for the wind. 17 Throughout their lives, they live under a cloud—frustrated, discouraged, and angry.

    From a young age we are taught to save. Whether it be for a ice cream at the corner store or a new toy. To a car as we get older, to college and then a house and the finally retirement. Many of us often look ahead to what we want in the future and make plans for it. But few of us make plans to die. But the truth of the matter, none of us know when our time is. We are worried about the bank account here on earth, that we cant take with us, and less concerned with the bank account in heaven.

    And isn’t that the bank act that counts the most? The account that we will be drawing on for eternity? The bank account that will never run low on funds once in heaven?

    I’m guilty of finding excuses to make deposit in my personal checking account, before I find the time to make a deposit in my spiritual account. However, given the fact that tomorrow isn’t promised and God has made it evident that we are in our last days. I might not want to play around to much longer and start truly focusing on the account that matters. Even if that means, sacrificing a few earthly possessions.

    10 Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! 11 The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers!

  9. 4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

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

    Dictionary.com – a solemn promise, pledge, or personal commitment: marriage vows; a vow of secrecy; a solemn promise made to a deity or saint committing oneself to an act, service, or condition; a solemn or earnest declaration.
    verb (used with object)
    4. to make a vow of; promise by a vow, as to God or a saint: to vow a crusade or a pilgrimage; to pledge or resolve solemnly to do, make, give, observe, etc.: They vowed revenge; to declare solemnly or earnestly; assert emphatically (often followed by a clause as object): to dedicate or devote by a vow: to vow oneself to the service of God.

    My admonishment for keeping the vows that I have committed to before God and POFW. Leadership Covenant, Discipleship Covenant, Music Ministry Covenant, all these are vows I have made to God and POFW. Then there are personal covenants I have made between God and myself: I will leave the truth of Jesus name baptism and infilling of the Holy Ghost, as being the only plan of Salvation and entrance into the Kingdom of God, I will not sell out Holiness and Righteousness for the ways of this world.

  10. 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?

    We’renot leaving this world with anything or anyone so why spend all our time focusing on something of this world? Let’s be faithful to God in all things, crucify our flesh, and walk in the spirit daily because when we leave this world our spirit will be all we take. we shouldn’t work so hard on somethin that benefits or glorifies us, that is like labouring for the wind. All things we work for should glorify God and benefit his kingdom. In Jesus name

  11. This chapter illustrates thought. Consideration of words and actions is paramount; “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed”. One should give thought, and be ever mindful; “For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God”. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  12. THE JOY IN LIFE

    Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past. (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 NLT)

    I have no regrets of the personal investment and work for the Kingdom of God. I’ve learn that the ministry is all about reaching, teaching and caring for people. Jesus did the same thing throughout his ministry.

    🔸And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:35-38 KJV)

    🔸Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all. Large crowds followed him wherever he went—people from Galilee, the Ten Towns, Jerusalem, from all over Judea, and from east of the Jordan River. (Matthew 4:23-25 NLT)

    When we are Reaching, Teaching, and Caring for people, fulfilling the Great Commission, who has time to give thought of our past. “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. ” (Philippians 3:12-14 NLT)

  13. 3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

    Hard Work.

    Many times I have heard people of all ages say, “what I really want to do is…”, but unfortunately most of the time, many of the people saying this, never produce the fruit, and never really work at accomplishing the task before them.

    Paul tells us that he laboured with the people, finding a job and working so that he wouldn’t be too much of a burden to those whom he was staying with as he preached. Paul saught ways to gain money to be able to go and tell others about Jesus. He was finially able, after being beaten, and prisioned, and ship wrecked to be able to do as he had dreamed, and preach to the governor at Rome.

    Our faith comes to life when we stop and mix actions with it. The more we persevere, the more it means to us when our dreams come true.

  14. 3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

    Actions speak louder than words…
    Here it shows us that if we’re busy running our mouths, whether complaining, talking bad about something/some one, criticizing, you wont go anywhere. You won’t reach anything, but the status of being called a fool as it states here. Now what is your dream? Next question, what are you “doing” to get there? Proverbs emphasizes about the diligent and hard worker. God wants us to be busy to work. All the way from the garden we are given work. The word says:
    Seest thou a man diligent in his business?
    he shall stand before kings;
    he shall not stand before mean men. Proverbs 22:29
    Now there’s a key to get treasure or reaches here on earth. Now let’s think to spiritual terms…we will not take with us anything. No possessions or riches acquired; however applying that principle, hard worker, to the kingdom of God, creates us riches in heaven. Let’s be wise and balance our life. We are still here so work hard, and even harder for the Kingdom of God…God will fill you with His joy when you are busy working about our Father’s business.

  15. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed

    Throughout the generations somehow we have lost the importance of ones word. My daddy would always say “your word is your bond”. When a man said something,that is what he ment.
    Today we waist more time than ever tryinh to decode what people are saying. We must get back to the days we mean what we say and say what we mean. Making meaningful vows and keeping them.

  16. Be careful little mouth what you say,….

    2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy 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 thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

    A soft answer turns away much rath. Why are we so quick to answer? Do we think before we speak , or do we just go with the flow of words that come out? Do we listen to what we say? These are questions that we must ask ourselves. When we don’t think of what we are saying, we then begin to speak rashly. Not making any sence of what is even coming out of our mouth. You can always tell how someone thinks of themself by how the talk. Do you allow others to speak, or do you have to be the center of attention? Do you try to over power someone when they are trying to convey a thought to you? When someone is proud of something , they will tend to talk about that subject quite a bit. But , be carful in where your conversations take you. When we speak we are talking things into exsistance, which means we must be ultra sensitive to what the Spirit of God is saying. A vow is somethings that you say, so be careful in what you promise.

  17. Live long and Prosper

    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 giveth him: for it is his portion.

    A great misfortune occurs when we go through life in such a hurried pace we forget to stop, and smell the roses. Through the business of things we sometimes are stuck in the motions, and take our eyes off of the wonders around us.

    Depression, oppression, stress, and care wear us down, and if we are not careful we will miss the blessing in the flurry.

    I pray that God will help me to see the beauty of the rose, and not the thorns, the silver lining of the clouds, and not the storm, and the radiance of the moonlight, and not the darkness.

    Though all of these things are here we have an amazing journey. Enjoy the scenery! God is a master craftsman!

    Hebrews 1:10 ESV

    And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands;

    Psalm 8:3-8 ESV

    3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
    4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?
    5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
    6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,
    7 all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
    8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

  18. HALELUJAH!!! HALELUJAH!!! HALELUJAH!!!
    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.
    YES!!! HALELUJAH!!! WATCH MY FOOT IN AND OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE OF GOD IS A MUST!!! EYES ARE ATTENTIVE!!! GRACIAS PADRE HERMOSO!!!

  19. 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.

    We must always be ready to hear what God has to say. The reason we make mistakes is because we move before God speaks. In order to hear what God is saying we must first stop speaking. Let’s hear what thus saith the Lord.

  20. 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 giveth him: for it is his portion.
    19 Every man also to whom God 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.

    There are many good verses in this chapter but I find again that Solomon repeats how good it is to work & that there is satisfaction and joy for our labour. Plus after working hard-he mentions a good night of well desrved sleep.

  21. Verse 2 MSG “Don’t shoot off your mouth, or speak before you think.
    Don’t be too quick to tell God what you think he wants to hear.
    God’s in charge, not you—the less you speak, the better.” God’s taking OVER. He’s in charge….thank you Lord!!

  22. 4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

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

    How many times have you heard that someone made a vow to God and didn’t keep it? Thru their trails they made vows as if saying “God is you will do this I will do this”. When the trail is over they forget they made the vow and break it. It is better if we not make a vow than to break that vow to God.
    Vow- a solemn promise-oath-pledge-promise

  23. 2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

    It is hard to engage my sense of hearing when my mouth running.

    Listen to wise counsel and live.

  24. 2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
    Speak no evil: This scripture teaches us to watch the words that we say. To make sure that our words are pure and do not offend. It gives us very good advice: “Let thy words be few” I have found in life if my words are few I tend to stay out of trouble but if im quick to speak I usually get myself into trouble. As Pastor says God gave us two ears and one mouth so that we should listen twice as much as we speak!!

  25. iWork

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

    Hard labor stores up rest to be sweet when it is found, but leisure makes rest difficult or even impossible. I think of this in the context of the Holy Ghost; the more we are exercised in His Spirit, the more sweet we will find His rest. There is a weariness that comes through lack of labor that is not satisfied with rest but work. If all we do is a half-hearted effort (if at all) for a continued period of time, we will find a weariness in doing because we did not do enough. Before you throw in the towel, ask how much sweat it’s gotten to soak up first. Waving a white flag means waving a clean flag, and clean flags don’t mix with labor fields.

    Proverbs 14:4
    Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

  26. How do we come to God?
    Must to to God in a open ear open mind not talking and look what I’ll do or done.
    5It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it. 6Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved.
    It matters how and what we say to God. Must show him respect in words and action

  27. I am guilty of this on some levels. Titheing for example. I need to stop my excuse making and trust that God will provide for whatever is left to pay once i honor my vow.

    A side note to my comment above. When i sit down and look at my bills, i have to look at them and question myself. Are these things what my family need or want? Are these things pleasing to God and go toward blessing him. Get rid of them.

    When we come in Gods house, come with open ears. Be a witness in public.

  28. 10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

    Lord thank you for providing, deliver me from any thoughts that may lead me to the love of money.

  29. Keep Quiet

    Embedded within the questions and perplexities of this book are bits of wisdom that speak to the issues of the heart. In vs 1-5 Solomon instructs how we should worship. First, he says listen. The Hebrew word ‘listen’ carries with it the responsibility to hear and obey. In 1Sam 15:22 Samuel says to Saul, ” To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams” Worship without obedience to God in everyday life is inadequate, feeble and offensive to Him. Second, he warns to be careful of what we promise to God. Following through with what we vow, not the vow itself, is the act of true worship. We need to remember who we are coming to when we worship. Sometimes we make Him too small in our minds, I think this is why God always revealed himself in grand ways to the Israelites in Egypt and the wilderness. He is the holy One, the Soverign God, and we should stand in awe and obedience before Him. If Im too focused on something besides God, I might miss Him trying to speak to my heart. I need to stay in obedience, making me closer and sensitive to Him.

  30. I want God to answer me by the joy of my heart too. With increase JOY, and with a quiet spirir guarding my mouth except when it’s praise time.

  31. Crying wolf

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

    If you are not going to keep your word than keep your mouth shut.

    This scripture reminds me of the story of the boy who cried wolf. If you cry wolf enough times then ppl won’t believe you but even worse if you call wolf enough times then God will not believe you.

  32. 4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
    5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
    6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?

    Better to not promise something, than to promise it and not keep it

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