1611 King James Bible

Ecclesiastes 12

The Creator is to be remembered in due time.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creatour in the dayes of thy youth, while the euil daies come not, nor the yeeres drawe nigh, when thou shalt say, I [haue] no pleasure in them: Ecclesiastes 12:2 While the Sunne, or the light, or the moone, or the starres be not darkened, nor the cloudes returne after the raine: Ecclesiastes 12:3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bowe themselues, and the grinders cease, because they are fewe, and those that looke out of the windowes be darkened: Ecclesiastes 12:4 And the doores shal be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise vp at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musicke shall be brought low. Ecclesiastes 12:5 Also [when] they shalbe afraid of that which is high, and feares [shall bee] in the way, and the Almond tree shall flourish, and the grashopper shall be a burden, and desire shall faile: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners goe about the streets: Ecclesiastes 12:6 Or euer the siluer corde be loosed, or the golden bowle be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountaine, or the wheele broken at the cisterne. Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust returne to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall returne vnto God who gaue it.

The preacher's care to edify.

Ecclesiastes 12:8 Uanitie of vanities (saith the preacher) all is vanitie. Ecclesiastes 12:9 And moreouer because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge, yea he gaue good heed, and sought out, [and] set in order many prouerbes. Ecclesiastes 12:10 The preacher sought to finde out acceptable words, and that which was written [was] vpright, [euen] wordes of trueth. Ecclesiastes 12:11 The wordes of the wise [are] as goads, and as nailes fastened [by] the masters of assemblies, [which] are giuen from one shepheard. Ecclesiastes 12:12 And further, by these, my sonne, be admonished: of making many bookes [there is] no end, and much studie [is] a wearinesse of the flesh.

The fear of God is the chief antidote of vanity.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let vs heare the conclusion of the whole matter: Feare God, and keepe his commandements, for this [is] the whole [duetie] of man. Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shal bring euery worke into iudgement, with euer secret thing, whether [it bee] good, or whether [it bee] euill.

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