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Caution in words. Vows are to be paid. Riches are often pernicious: the moderate use of them is the gift of God.

[1] 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. [2] Dreams follow many cares: and in many words shall be found folly. [3] 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. [4] And it is much better not to vow, than after a vow not to perform the things promised. [5] 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.

[6] Where there are many dreams, there are many vanities, and words without number: but do thou fear God. [7] 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: [8] Moreover there is the king that reigneth over all the land subject to him. [9] 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. [10] 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?

[11] 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. [12] There is also another grievous evil, which I have seen under the sun: riches kept to the hurt of the owner. [13] For they are lost with very great affliction: he hath begotten a son, who shall be in extremity of want. [14] As he came forth naked from his mother' s womb, so shall he return, and shall take nothing away with him of his labour. [15] A most deplorable evil: as he came, so shall he return. What then doth it profit him that he hath laboured for the wind?

[16] All the days of his life he eateth in darkness, and in many cares, and in misery, and sorrow. [17] 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. [18] 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. [19] For he shall not much remember the days of his life, because God entertaineth his heart with delight,

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