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Ecclesiastes 5:1 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 5

[a]Be not hasty in your utterance and let not your heart be quick to utter a promise in God’s presence. God is in heaven and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few.


  1. 5:1–6 Further counsels on prudence and circumspection in fulfilling one’s religious obligations. It is not the multitude of words but one’s sincerity that counts in the acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty (v. 1), especially through obedience (4:17) and reverence (v. 6).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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