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Ecclesiastes 5:7-9 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Respect and obey God! Daydreaming leads to a lot of senseless talk.[a]

Don’t be surprised if the poor of your country are abused, and injustice takes the place of justice. After all, the lower officials must do what the higher ones order them to do. And since the king is the highest official, he benefits most from the taxes paid on the land.[b]

Footnotes:

  1. 5.7 Daydreaming. . . talk: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  2. 5.9 land: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 9.

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