Eccl. 5:6-7. “Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?
For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.”
Our mouths can get us into a lot of trouble, can’t they? The words we speak, the expressions we make; the substances we put into our bodies through our mouths; the disrespect and anger that we spew from our mouths; the gossip we repeat, the lies we tell–all reveal an inner spirit of rebellion and pride.
We all need to claim Psalm 19:14: 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Strength, and my Redeemer.”
There are so many lies, so much misrepresentation, floating around cyberspace and the political world today that one is often at a loss to know what to believe. I’m just about convinced that no one is telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth. We need wisdom now more than ever, and the way to get it is to quit the incessant chatter and go to God. His Word is the source of wisdom. Our words are not.
In verse six, the angel is correctly interpreted as a teacher, an authority, a human being, and not as a literal angel. It is to this teacher or rabbi that the people would go to make a vow. It is dangerous to then return to that person and say, “Hey, I changed my mind. I don’t want to make that vow after all. ” Too late. You are already committed.
Again, in verse 7, dream are mentioned. The meaning is the same as in yesterday’s passage, in which multitudes of words, most of which should not be spoken, can come back to haunt us. Our sleep is disturbed, and perhaps our dreams will keep us awake.
Multitudes of words: Vanity. Our ultimate job: Fear (reverence) God.