Remember God in Your Youth1 a Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the b evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them”; 2 before the c sun and the light, the moon and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain; 3 in the day that the watchmen of the house tremble, and mighty men d stoop, the grinding ones stand idle because they are few, and e those who look through ▼
▼ Or holeswindows grow dim; 4 and the doors on the street are shut as the g sound of the grinding mill is low, and one will arise at the sound of the bird, and all the h daughters of song will ▼
▼ Lit be brought lowsing softly. 5 Furthermore ▼
▼ Lit theymen are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal k home while l mourners go about in the street. 6 Remember Him before the silver cord is ▼
▼ So with Gr; Heb removedbroken and the n golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed; 7 then the o dust will return to the earth as it was, and the ▼
▼ Or breath, q spirit will return to r God who gave it. 8 s “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “all is vanity!”
Purpose of the Preacher9 In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged t many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find u delightful words and to write v words of truth correctly. 11 The w words of wise men are like x goads, and masters of these collections are like ▼
▼ Lit plantedwell-driven z nails; they are given by one Shepherd. 12 But beyond this, my son, be warned: the ▼
▼ Lit makingwriting of ab many books is endless, and excessive ac devotion to books is wearying to the body. 13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: ad fear God and ae keep His commandments, because this applies to af every person. 14 For ag God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
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