Ecclesiastes 121 Remember also thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2 before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars, are darkened, and the clouds return after the rain; 3 in the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the ▼ grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows shall be darkened, ▼
▼ 1) Or grinding women4 and the doors shall be shut in the street; when the sound of the grinding is low, and one shall rise up at the voice of a bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low; 5 yea, they shall be afraid ▼ of that which is high, and terrors shall be in the way; and the almond-tree shall blossom, and the grasshopper ▼
▼ 2shall be a burden, and ▼
▼ 3desire shall ▼
▼ 4fail; because man goeth to his everlasting home, and the mourners go about the streets: ▼
▼ 1) Or, of danger from on high 2) Or shall drag itself along 3) Or the caperberry 4) Or burst6 before the silver cord is ▼ loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, ▼
▼ 1) Or snapped asunder7 and the dust returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit returneth unto God who gave it. 8 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; all is vanity. 9 And further, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he ▼ pondered, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. ▼
▼ 1) Or gave ear10 The Preacher sought to find out ▼ acceptable words, and that which was written uprightly, even words of truth. ▼
▼ 1) Heb words of delight11 The words of the wise are as goads; and as nails well fastened are the words of the ▼ masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. ▼
▼ 1) Or collectors of sentences12 ▼ And furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. ▼
▼ 1) Or And as for more than these, my son, be warned13 ▼ This is the end of the matter; all hath been heard: fear God, and keep his commandments; for ▼
▼ 2this is the whole duty of man. ▼
▼ 1) Or Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter 2) Or this is the duty of all men14 For God will bring every work into judgment, ▼ with every hidden thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. ▼
▼ 1) Or concerning
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