Ecclesiastes 5:7
New International Version
Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.

New Living Translation
Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead.

English Standard Version
For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear.

Berean Study Bible
For as many dreams bring futility, so do many words. Therefore, fear God.

New American Standard Bible
For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God.

King James Bible
For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

Christian Standard Bible
For many dreams bring futility, so do many words. Therefore, fear God.

Contemporary English Version
Respect and obey God! Daydreaming leads to a lot of senseless talk.

Good News Translation
No matter how much you dream, how much useless work you do, or how much you talk, you must still stand in awe of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For many dreams bring futility, so do many words. Therefore, fear God.

International Standard Version
In spite of many daydreams, pointless actions, and empty words, it is more important to fear God.

NET Bible
Just as there is futility in many dreams, so also in many words. Therefore, fear God!

New Heart English Bible
For in the multitude of dreams there are vanities, as well as in many words: but you must fear God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In spite of many daydreams, pointless actions, and empty words, you should still fear God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For through the multitude of dreams and vanities there are also many words; but fear thou God.

New American Standard 1977
For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because dreams abound, and vanities and the words are many, but fear thou God.

King James 2000 Bible
For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also many vanities: but you fear God.

American King James Version
For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear you God.

American Standard Version
For in the multitude of dreams there are vanities, and in many words: but fear thou God.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For there is evil in a multitude of dreams and vanities and many words: but fear thou God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Where there are many dreams, there are many vanities, and words without number: but do thou fear God.

Darby Bible Translation
For in the multitude of dreams are vanities; so with many words: but fear God.

English Revised Version
For thus it cometh to pass through the multitude of dreams and vanities and many words: but fear thou God.

Webster's Bible Translation
For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

World English Bible
For in the multitude of dreams there are vanities, as well as in many words: but you must fear God.

Young's Literal Translation
For, in the abundance of dreams both vanities and words abound; but fear thou God.
Study Bible
Approaching God with Awe
6Do not let your mouth cause your body to sin, and do not tell the messenger that your vow was a mistake. Why should God be angry with your words and destroy the work of your hands? 7For as many dreams bring futility, so do many words. Therefore, fear God.
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 3:14
I know that everything God does will remain forever; nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God works that men should revere Him.

Ecclesiastes 7:18
It is good to grasp the one and not let the other slip from your hand. For he who fears God will follow both warnings.

Ecclesiastes 8:12
Although a sinner does evil a hundred times and still lives long, yet I also know that it will go well with those who fear God, who are reverent in His presence.

Ecclesiastes 8:13
Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.

Ecclesiastes 12:13
When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this is the whole duty of man.

Treasury of Scripture

For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear you God.

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Ecclesiastes 5:3
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

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Ecclesiastes 7:18
It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.

Ecclesiastes 8:12
Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:

Ecclesiastes 12:13
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.







Lexicon
For as
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

many
בְרֹ֤ב (ḇə·rōḇ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

dreams
חֲלֹמוֹת֙ (ḥă·lō·mō·wṯ)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2472: A dream

bring futility,
וַהֲבָלִ֔ים (wa·hă·ḇā·lîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1892: Emptiness, vanity, transitory, unsatisfactory

so do many
הַרְבֵּ֑ה (har·bêh)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

words.
וּדְבָרִ֖ים (ū·ḏə·ḇā·rîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

Therefore,
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

fear
יְרָֽא׃ (yə·rā)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten

God.
הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative
(7) This verse presents some difficulties of translation springing from corruption of text, but not affecting the general sense; according to which the many words which belong to the dreams and vanities of heathendom are contrasted with the fear of the only God.

Verse 7. - For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities. The Hebrew is literally, For in multitude of dreams, and vanities, and many words; i.e., as Wright puts it, "In the multitude of dreams are also vanities, and (in) many words (as well)." Koheleth sums up the sense of the preceding paragraph, vers. 1-6. The popular religion, which made much of dreams and verbosity and vows, is vanity, and has in it nothing substantial or comforting. The superstitious man who puts his faith in dreams is unpractical and unreal; the garrulous man who is rash in his vows, and in prayer thinks to be heard for his much speaking, displeases God and never secures his object. Ginsburg and Bullock render, "For it is (it happens) through the multitude of idle thoughts and vanities and much talking," the reference being either to the foolish speaking of ver. 2 or to the wrath of God in ver. 6. The Septuagint rendering is elliptical, Ὅτι ἐ πλήθει ἐνυπνίων καὶ ματαιοτήτων καὶ λόγων πολλῶν ὅτι σὺ τὸν Θεὸν φοβοῦ. To complete this, some supply, "Many vows are made or excused;" others, "There is evil." Vulgate, Ubi multa aunt somnia, plurimae aunt vanitates, et sermones innumeri.' The Authorized Version gives the sense of the passage. But fear thou God. In contrast with these spurious forms of religion, which the Jews were inclined to adopt, the writer recalls men to the fear of the one true God, to whom all vows should be performed, and who should be worshipped from the heart. 5:4-8 When a person made engagements rashly, he suffered his mouth to cause his flesh to sin. The case supposes a man coming to the priest, and pretending that his vow was made rashly, and that it would be wrong to fulfil it. Such mockery of God would bring the Divine displeasure, which might blast what was thus unduly kept. We are to keep down the fear of man. Set God before thee; then, if thou seest the oppression of the poor, thou wilt not find fault with Divine Providence; nor think the worse of the institution of magistracy, when thou seest the ends of it thus perverted; nor of religion, when thou seest it will not secure men from suffering wrong. But though oppressors may be secure, God will reckon for all.
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