Ecclesiastes – Chapter 5

Make Haste…

Chapter 5 has a slightly different tone than the first four chapters of Ecclesiastes – the author seems to talk about God more in this chapter. I found verses 2 through 7 very interesting:

2 Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.
3 A dream comes when there are many cares,
and many words mark the speech of a fool.

4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. 5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. 6 Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, “My vow was a mistake.” Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.

These  verses address how we should take our vows to God very seriously. I think it also refers to our vows to people in general. When we make promises, we should always stand up to them. It sounds kind of simple, but I am sure we can remember a time when someone said that they were going to do something, but they did not do it. We should be even more careful when we make a promise to God!