Ecclesiastes 5:2
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
Don't make rash promises, and don't be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few.

English Standard Version
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 let your words be few.

New American Standard Bible
Do 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.

King James Bible
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not be hasty to speak, and do not be impulsive to make a speech before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.

International Standard Version
Don't be impulsive with your mouth nor be in a hurry to talk in God's presence. Since God is in heaven and you're on earth, keep your speech short.

NET Bible
Do not be rash with your mouth or hasty in your heart to bring up a matter before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth! Therefore, let your words be few.

New Heart English Bible
Do not be rash with your mouth, and do not let your heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and you on earth. Therefore let your words be few.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be in a hurry to talk. Don't be eager to speak in the presence of God. Since God is in heaven and you are on earth, limit the number of your words.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be not rash with thy mouth, 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.

New American Standard 1977
Do 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not be rash with thy mouth and do not let thy heart be hasty to utter any thing before God, for God is in heaven and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few.

King James 2000 Bible
Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in heaven, and you upon earth: therefore let your words be few.

American King James Version
Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and you on earth: therefore let your words be few.

American Standard Version
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Douay-Rheims Bible
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.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in the heavens, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few.

English Revised Version
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God; for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

World English Bible
Don't be rash with your mouth, and don't let your heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and you on earth. Therefore let your words be few.

Young's Literal Translation
Cause not thy mouth to hasten, and let not thy heart hasten to bring out a word before God, for God is in the heavens, and thou on the earth, therefore let thy words be few.
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. 3For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words.…
Cross References
Matthew 6:7
And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard.

Proverbs 10:19
When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Proverbs 20:25
It is a trap for a man to say rashly, "It is holy!" And after the vows to make inquiry.
Treasury of Scripture

Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and you on earth: therefore let your words be few.

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Genesis 18:27,30,32 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken on me to …

Genesis 28:20,22 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep …

Numbers 30:2-5 If a man vow a vow to the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul …

Judges 11:30 And Jephthah vowed a vow to the LORD, and said, If you shall without …

1 Samuel 14:24-45 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured …

Mark 6:23 And he swore to her, Whatever you shall ask of me, I will give it …

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Psalm 115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he has done whatever he has pleased.

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher …

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, …

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Ecclesiastes 5:3,7 For a dream comes through the multitude of business; and a fool's …

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains …

Matthew 6:7 But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for …

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …

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