Main point summary
Come to the house of God more to hear from God than to speak.
1 n Guard your steps
when you go to o the house of God.
To draw near to listen is better
than to p offer the sacrifice of fools,
for they do not know
that they are doing evil.
1 Be not rash with your mouth,
nor let your heart be hasty
to utter a word
for God is in heaven
and you are on earth.
Therefore q let your words be few.
For a dream comes with much business,
and a fool’s voice with r many words.
When s you vow a vow to God,
t do not delay paying it,
for he has no pleasure in fools.
u Pay what you vow.
v It is better that you should not vow
than that you should vow and not pay.
Let not your mouth lead you 1 into sin,
and do not say
before w the messenger 2
that it was x a mistake.
Why should God be angry at your voice
and destroy the work of your hands?
For when dreams increase
and words grow many,
there is vanity; 1
but 2 y God is the one you must fear.
What do your prayers consist of? When we come before God, our minds are often filled with our own wants and our own desires. In order to get what we want, we often are tempted to make promises to God in return for Him giving us our wants. The teacher in Ecclesiastes teaches against such prayer. He says that it is better to come to God to listen than to speak. God is in heaven, and we are on earth. That means that he has a greater perception of what we need than we do. Oftentimes we want things that are not best for us. Timothy Keller has been credited to have said, "If we truly knew what God knew, than we would ask for what God gives." With our limited perception of our needs, we must trust God to provide us with our true needs. Rather than coming to God with requests, we should come to Him to listen for His wisdom. Our time prayer should be a time of worship and adoration out of fear of God.