The Creator is to be remembered in due time.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remembre thy maker in thy youth, or euer the dayes of aduersitie come, and or the yeares drawe nye, when thou shalt saye: I haue no pleasure in them Ecclesiastes 12:2 before the sunne, the lyght, the moone and starres be darkened, and or the cloudes turne agayn after þe rayne: Ecclesiastes 12:3 when the kepers of the house shall tremble, & when the strong men shall bowe them selfes: when the myllers stande styll, because they be so fewe, & when the sight of þe wyndowes shal waxe dymme: Ecclesiastes 12:4 when the dores in the stretes shalbe shut, & when the voyce of the myller shalbe layed doune: when men shall ryse vp at the voyce of the byrde, and when all the daughters of musicke shalbe brought lowe: Ecclesiastes 12:5 when men shall feare in hye places, and be afrayed in the stretes: when the Almonde tree shalbe despised, the greshopper borne out, & when great pouerte shall breake in: when man goeth to his longe home, and the mourners go about the stretes. Ecclesiastes 12:6 Or euer the siluer lace be taken awaye, and or the golden bande be broken: Or the pot be broken at the wel, and the whele vpon the cysterne: Ecclesiastes 12:7 Or dust be turned agayn vnto earth from whence it came, and or the sprete returne vnto God, whyche gaue it.
The preacher's care to edify.
Ecclesiastes 12:8 All is but vanitie (sayeth the Preacher) all is but playne vanite. Ecclesiastes 12:9 The same Preacher was not wyse alone, but taught the people knowlege also: he gaue good hede, sought out the ground & set forth many parables. Ecclesiastes 12:10 His diligence was to fynde out acceptable wordes, right scripture, and the wordes of trueth. Ecclesiastes 12:11 For the wordes of the wise are like prickes and nayles that go thorow, wherewith men are kepte together: for they are geuen of one shepeherde onely. Ecclesiastes 12:12 Therfore be ware (my sonne) þt aboue these thou make the uot many and innumerable bokes, nor take diuerse doctrynes in hande, to weery thy body withall.
The fear of God is the chief antidote of vanity.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let vs heare the conclusion of all thinges Feare God, and kepe his commaundementes, For that toucheth al men: Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shal iudge all workes and secrete thynges, whether they be good or euell.