Caution in words. Vows are to be paid. Riches are often pernicious: the moderate use of them is the gift of God.
 Speak not any thing rashly, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
Ne temere quid loquaris, neque cor tuum sit velox ad proferendum sermonem coram Deo. Deus enim in caelo, et tu super terram; idcirco sint pauci sermones tui.
 Dreams follow many cares: and in many words shall be found folly.
Multas curas sequuntur somnia, et in multis sermonibus invenietur stultitia.
 If thou hast vowed any thing to God, defer not to pay it: for an unfaithful and foolish promise displeaseth him: but whatsoever thou hast vowed, pay it.
Si quid vovisti Deo, ne moreris reddere : displicet enim ei infidelis et stulta promissio, sed quodcumque voveris redde :
 And it is much better not to vow, than after a vow not to perform the things promised.
multoque melius est non vovere, quam post votum promissa non reddere.
 Give not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin: and say not before the angel: There is no providence: lest God be angry at thy words, and destroy all the works of thy hands.
Ne dederis os tuum ut peccare facias carnem tuam, neque dicas coram angelo : Non est providentia : ne forte iratus Deus contra sermones tuos dissipet cuncta opera manuum tuarum.
 Where there are many dreams, there are many vanities, and words without number: but do thou fear God.
Ubi multa sunt somnia, plurimae sunt vanitates, et sermones innumeri; tu vero Deum time.
 If thou shalt see the oppressions of the poor, and violent judgments, and justice perverted in the province, wonder not at this matter: for he that is high hath another higher, and there are others still higher than these:
Si videris calumnias egenorum, et violenta judicia, et subverti justitiam in provincia, non mireris super hoc negotio : quia excelso excelsior est alius, et super hos quoque eminentiores sunt alii;
 Moreover there is the king that reigneth over all the land subject to him.
et insuper universae terrae rex imperat servienti.
 A covetous man shall not be satisfied with money: and he that loveth riches shall reap no fruit from them: so this also is vanity.
Avarus non implebitur pecunia, et qui amat divitias fructum non capiet ex eis; et hoc ergo vanitas.
 Where there are great riches, there are also many to eat them. And what doth it profit the owner, but that he seeth the riches with his eyes?
Ubi multae sunt opes, multi et qui comedunt eas. Et quid prodest possessori, nisi quod cernit divitias oculis suis?
 Sleep is sweet to a labouring man, whether he eat little or much: but the fulness of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
Dulcis est somnus operanti, sive parum sive multum comedat; saturitas autem divitis non sinit eum dormire.
 There is also another grievous evil, which I have seen under the sun: riches kept to the hurt of the owner.
Est et alia infirmitas pessima quam vidi sub sole : divitiae conservatae in malum domini sui.
 For they are lost with very great affliction: he hath begotten a son, who shall be in extremity of want.
Pereunt enim in afflictione pessima : generavit filium qui in summa egestate erit.
 As he came forth naked from his mother's womb, so shall he return, and shall take nothing away with him of his labour.
Sicut egressus est nudus de utero matris suae, sic revertetur, et nihil auferet secum de labore suo.
 A most deplorable evil: as he came, so shall he return. What then doth it profit him that he hath laboured for the wind?
Miserabilis prorsus infirmitas : quomodo venit, sic revertetur. Quid ergo prodest ei quod laboravit in ventum?
 All the days of his life he eateth in darkness, and in many cares, and in misery, and sorrow.
cunctis diebus vitae suae comedit in tenebris, et in curis multis, et in aerumna atque tristitia.
 This therefore hath seemed good to me, that a man should eat and drink, and enjoy the fruit of his labour, wherewith he hath laboured under the sun, all the days of his life, which God hath given him: and this is his portion.
Hoc itaque visum est mihi bonum, ut comedat quis et bibat, et fruatur laetitia ex labore suo quo laboravit ipse sub sole, numero dierum vitae suae quos dedit ei Deus; et haec est pars illius.
 And every man to whom God hath given riches, and substance, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to enjoy his portion, and to rejoice of his labour: this is the gift of God.
Et omni homini cui dedit Deus divitias atque substantiam, potestatemque ei tribuit ut comedat ex eis, et fruatur parte sua, et laetetur de labore suo : hoc est donum Dei.
 For he shall not much remember the days of his life, because God entertaineth his heart with delight,
Non enim satis recordabitur dierum vitae suae, eo quod Deus occupet deliciis cor ejus.