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Ecclesiastes 12

The Creator is to be remembered in due time.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remembre thy maker the soner in thy youth, or euer the dayes of aduersytie come & or þe yeares drawe nye, when þu shalt saye: I haue not pleasure in them: Ecclesiastes 12:2 before þe sunne the lyght, þe moone & starres be darckned, & or the cloudes turne agayne after þe rayne, Ecclesiastes 12:3 when the kepers of þe house shall tremble, & when þe stronge men shall bowe them selues: when þe myllers stande styll, because they be so fewe, & when þe syght of þe wyndowes shall waxedymme, Ecclesiastes 12:4 when the dores in the stretes shalbe shutt, and when the voyce of the myller shalbe layed downe: when men shall ryse vp at the voyce of the byrde, and when all þe daughters of musyke shalbe brought lowe: Ecclesiastes 12:5 when men shall feare in hye places, and be afrayed in the stretes: when the Almonde tree shall florishe and be laden with the greshopper, and when all lust shall passe (because man goeth to his longe home, and the mourners go aboute the stretes.) Ecclesiastes 12:6 Or euer the syluer lace be taken awaye, and or the golden well be broken. Or the pot be broken at the well, and the whele vpon the cysterne: Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust be turned agayne vnto earth from whence it came, and the sprete shall returne vnto God, which gaue it.

The preacher's care to edify.

Ecclesiastes 12:8 All is but vanite (sayth the Preacher) all is but playne vanyte. Ecclesiastes 12:9 The Preacher was yet more wyse, and taught the people knowledge: he gaue good hede, sought out the grounde, and set forth many parables. Ecclesiastes 12:10 Hys diligence was to fynde out acceptable wordes, ryght scripture, and the wordes of trueth. Ecclesiastes 12:11 For the wordes of þe wyse are lyke pryckes and nayles that goo thorow, wherwith þe stuffe gathered is holden vp: for they are geuen of one shepherde onely. Ecclesiastes 12:12 Therfore beware (my sonne) of that doctrine that is besyde thys: for to make many bokes it is an endles worke: and to loude cryinge weryeth the bodye.

The fear of God is the chief antidote of vanity.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let vs heare the conclusyon of all thynges: Feare God, and kepe hys commaundementes: For that toucheth all men. Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall iudge all worckes and secrete thynges, whether they be good or euell.

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