Ecclesiastes 5 Message: Someone just asked what the message of Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 was. So, below is my response.
I have already discussed this section in our Ecclesiastes 5 summary article. But this will go into greater depth on the first seven verses of chapter five of the book of Ecclesiates.
Don’t Talk Too Much
In verses 1 and 2, Qohelet tells us to use few words. And the words we do use need to be well thought-out and few.
In other words, don’t talk a lot. Don’t talk with no thought put into what you’re going to say.
Think about what you’re going to say it. Say it. And then stoop saying it.
Dreams and Talking
Then verse 3 is a proverb about dreams.
People have dreams often because of their many cares and a fool’s voice comes through the multitude of words.
In other words, the fool is not paying attention to verses 1 and 2 above! He’s speaking a lot – with a multitude of words.
Making Promises to God
Then verses 4-6 deal with our vows or promises made to God.
If we’re going to make these vows, they should be thoughtfully made. And once made, they must be kept.
Qohelet tells us to be careful what we promise God. And once we make the promise we need to follow-through on it.
Dreams and Vanity
Then verse 7 is a second proverb about dreams.
Natural dreams can be very vain and meaningless. And then Qohelet goes back to speak of an abundance of talking and he says that both natural dreams and words – when they’re in excess they are worthless.
But then we’re directed to the main point – fear God. And drawing from verses 4-6 we know that part of that fear is keeping promises made to him and not making promises that we can’t or don’t intend to keep.
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