It says, “Watch your step when you go to the house of God, and be more ready to hear than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they don’t consider that they do evil”.
Note, the phrase “To do evil” translates “to themselves, and to others.”
So, there’s a catchy phrase here, “The sacrifice of fools”.
What does it mean?
Ecclesiastes goes on:
“Don’t be rash with your mouth, and don’t let your heart be hasty to utter any thing before God, for God is in heaven, and you, are on earth. So, let your words be few.”
It’s a good reminder that we’re the little guys, down here on earth, and God is in heaven. He created both us, and the earth on which we dwell. That would definitely give Him the better voice to learn from.
We humans can be very reflexive in our answers. We answer – fast. We tell others our quick opinions after very little consideration. We assume that God and others should listen to us, our opinions, our judgements, our problems and our wishes. Do we consider the other side?
Verse 3 then clinches the thought, by saying, “A dream comes through a lot of business, and a fool’s voice is known by a lot of words.”
We can apply this as well to the goals, or dreams, we wish to achieve. They happen through a lot of work, or busy-ness. A fool speaks many words, but accomplishes little actual progress.
What do you want for your marriage, your relationships, your destiny, and your walk with God?
Learn to walk carefully, and speak thoughtfully, only after you have listened well. This is a certain hallmark of the one whose heart is ready to learn, and a powerful indicator of the one who wants to grow.
It may not be an easy task at first, but, if you are willing to do the work of change, you will see the good effects of progress, both with God, and with your earthly relationships!