Fear God

Ecclesiastes 5

1 1 n Guard your steps when you go to o the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to p offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2 2 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore q let your words be few. 3 For a dream comes with much business, and a fool's voice with r many words.

4 When s you vow a vow to God, t do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. u Pay what you vow. 5 v It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. 6 Let not your mouth lead you 3 into sin, and do not say before w the messenger 4 that it was x a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; 5 but y God is the one you must fear.

  1. Cross References
    Exodus 3:5
    Then he said, "Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.
    Isaiah 1:12
    When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts?
  2. Cross References
    Genesis 28:17
    And he was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
  3. Cross References
    Proverbs 15:8
    The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
    1 Samuel 15:22
    And Samuel said, "Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.
  4. Cross References
    Matthew 6:7
    And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
  5. Cross References
    Proverbs 10:19
    When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
    Job 11:2
    Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk be judged right?
  6. Cross References
    Numbers 30:2
    If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
  7. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 23:21
    If you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay fulfilling it, for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and you will be guilty of sin.
    Psalms 50:14
    Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High.
    Psalms 76:11
    Make your vows to the Lord your God and perform them; let all around him bring gifts to him who is to be feared.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 66:13 - 14
    I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will perform my vows to you.
  9. Cross References
    Proverbs 20:25
    It is a snare to say rashly, "It is holy," and to reflect only after making vows.
    Acts 5:4
    While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.
  10. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 11:10
    That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
  11. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 10:5
    There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were an error proceeding from the ruler:
    Numbers 15:25 - 26
    And the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the people of Israel, and they shall be forgiven, because it was a mistake, and they have brought their offering, a food offering to the Lord, and their sin offering before the Lord for their mistake.
  12. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 12:13
    The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
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