Ecclesiastes 5:1
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New International Version
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

New Living Translation
As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God.

English Standard Version
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil.

New American Standard Bible
Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil.

King James Bible
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Better to draw near in obedience than to offer the sacrifice as fools do, for they ignorantly do wrong.

International Standard Version
Watch your step whenever you visit God's house, and come more ready to listen than to offer a fool's sacrifice, since fools never think they're doing evil.

NET Bible
Be careful what you do when you go to the temple of God; draw near to listen rather than to offer a sacrifice like fools, for they do not realize that they are doing wrong.

New Heart English Bible
Guard your step when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Watch your step when you go to the house of God. It is better to go there and listen than to bring the sacrifices fools bring. Fools are unaware that they are doing [something] evil.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Guard thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be ready to hearken: it is better than when fools give sacrifices; for they know not that they do evil.

New American Standard 1977
Guard your steps as you go to the house of God, and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Watch thy feet when thou goest to the house of God and draw near with more willingness to hear than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know how to do what God wants.

King James 2000 Bible
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

American King James Version
Keep your foot when you go to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

American Standard Version
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God; for to draw nigh to hear is better than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they know not that they do evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Keep thy foot, when thou goest into the house of God, and draw nigh to hear. For much better is obedience, than the victims of fools, who know not what evil they do.

Darby Bible Translation
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and draw near to hear, rather than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they know not that they do evil.

English Revised Version
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God; for to draw nigh to hear is better than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they know not that they do evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

World English Bible
Guard your steps when you go to God's house; for to draw near to listen is better than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they don't know that they do evil.

Young's Literal Translation
Keep thy feet when thou goest unto a house of God, and draw near to hear rather than to give of fools the sacrifice, for they do not know they do evil.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:1-3 Address thyself to the worship of God, and take time to compose thyself for it. Keep thy thoughts from roving and wandering: keep thy affections from running out toward wrong objects. We should avoid vain repetitions; copious prayers are not here condemned, but those that are unmeaning. How often our wandering thoughts render attendance on Divine ordinances little better than the sacrifice of fools! Many words and hasty ones, used in prayer, show folly in the heart, low thoughts of God, and careless thoughts of our own souls.
Study Bible
Approaching God with Awe
1Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil. 2Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.…
Cross References
Exodus 3:5
Then He said, "Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."

Exodus 30:18
"You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it.

1 Samuel 15:22
Samuel said, "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

Proverbs 21:27
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, How much more when he brings it with evil intent!

Isaiah 1:12
"When you come to appear before Me, Who requires of you this trampling of My courts?
Treasury of Scripture

Keep your foot when you go to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

thy foot

Genesis 28:16,17 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is …

Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not near here: put off your shoes from off your …

Leviticus 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, This is it that the LORD spoke, saying, …

Joshua 5:15 And the captain of the LORD's host said to Joshua, Loose your shoe …

2 Chronicles 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: …

Psalm 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to …

Isaiah 1:12 When you come to appear before me, who has required this at your …

1 Corinthians 11:22 What? have you not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise you …

Hebrews 12:28,29 Why we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, …

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Acts 10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to you; and you have well done that …

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received …

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

1 Peter 2:1,2 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and …

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Genesis 4:3-5 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the …

1 Samuel 13:12,13 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now on me to Gilgal, …

1 Samuel 15:21,22 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the …

Psalm 50:8-18 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, …

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he …

Isaiah 1:12-15 When you come to appear before me, who has required this at your …

Isaiah 66:3 He that kills an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrifices a …

Jeremiah 7:21-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings …

Hosea 6:6,7 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God …

Malachi 1:10,11 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing? …

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge …

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