Ecclesiastes 12

Remember God in Your Youth

1 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”; 2before the c  sun and the light, the moon and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain; 3in 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 holes
windows grow dim;
4and 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 low
sing softly.
Lit they
men 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.
6Remember Him before the silver cord is
So with Gr; Heb removed
broken and the n  golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed;
7then 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 Preacher

9In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged t  many proverbs. 10The Preacher sought to find u  delightful words and to write v  words of truth correctly.

11The w  words of wise men are like x  goads, and masters of these collections are like
Lit planted
well-driven z  nails; they are given by one Shepherd.
12But beyond this, my son, be warned: the
Lit making
writing of ab  many books is endless, and excessive ac  devotion to books is wearying to the body.

13The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: ad  fear God and ae  keep His commandments, because this applies to af  every person. 14For ag  God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
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