Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

Think before you speak

1 When you go to God's temple, be careful what you do. Listen carefully when you come near to God. Do not offer sacrifices in the way that foolish people do. They do not even know that they are doing something bad.

2 You should not speak too soon.

Think carefully before you make a promise to God.

God is in heaven and you are here on the earth.

So do not say too much.

3 If you worry about many things,

you will have many dreams.

If you talk too much,

you will say foolish things.

4 If you make a promise to God,

quickly do what you have promised.

God is not pleased with foolish people.

So give what you have promised to give.

5 It is better not to promise anything

than to promise something and then not do it.

6 Do not say things that cause you to do something wrong. Do not say to the priest, ‘My promise was a mistake.’ That would make God angry with you. He might destroy everything that you have worked to get for yourself. 7 If you dream all the time or if you talk all the time, that has no purpose. Instead, respect God and obey him.