Ecclesiastes 12


The End of the Whole Matter

And remember the one creating you in the days of your youth! while [4should not 5come 1the 2days 3of evil], nor [2should arrive 1years], in which you shall then say, There is not in me [2for 3them 1a want]. While [6are not darkened 1the 2sun 3and 4the 5light], nor the moon and the stars; nor [3return 1the 2clouds] after the rain; in a day in which ever [4should be shaken 1the keepers 2of the 3house], and [3should be turned aside 1men 2of power], and [3are idle 1the 2grinding women] because they are made few, and [6shall darken 1the 2women looking 3out of 4the 5openings]; and they shall lock the doors in the market in weakness of the sound of the woman grinding, and one shall rise up to the sound of the sparrow, and [5shall be humbled 1all 2the 3daughters 4of song]; and indeed from the height they shall see, even stupefactions in the way; and [3shall bloom 1the 2almond], and [3shall thicken 1the 2locust], and [3shall be dispersed 1the 2caper]; because [2went 1man] to [2house 1his eternal]; and [3circled 4in 5the market 1the ones 2beating their chests in mourning]; until whenever should be prostrated the line of silver; and [4should be broken 1the 2flower ornament 3of gold], and [3should be broken 1the 2water-pitcher] at the spring, and [3should have rolled 1the 2wheel] unto the pit; then [3shall return 1the 2dust] upon the earth as it was; and the spirit should return to the God who gave it. Folly of follies, said the ecclesiastic, all things are folly. And it was extra that [2became 1the ecclesiastic] wise, and he taught knowledge with man, and which he shall trace composed parables. 10 [3much 2sought 1The ecclesiastic] to find [2of words 1a wanting], and writing of uprightness of words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are as the oxgoads, and as nails firmly planted; ones which by agreement were given from [2shepherd 1one]. 12 And [3extra 4by 5them 1O my son 2guard]! To make [2scrolls 1many] there is no limit; and [2meditation 1much] is weariness of flesh. 13 The end of the whole matter, hear! Fear God, and [2his commandments 1keep]! for this is all man! 14 For every action God shall lead into judgment, with all being looked over, if good and if evil.
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