Young's Literal Translation

Ecclesiastes 12

The Creator is to be remembered in due time.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember also thy Creators in days of thy youth, While that the evil days come not, Nor the years have arrived, that thou sayest, 'I have no pleasure in them.' Ecclesiastes 12:2 While that the sun is not darkened, and the light, And the moon, and the stars, And the thick clouds returned after the rain. Ecclesiastes 12:3 In the day that keepers of the house tremble, And men of strength have bowed themselves, And grinders have ceased, because they have become few. And those looking out at the windows have become dim, Ecclesiastes 12:4 And doors have been shut in the street. When the noise of the grinding is low, And [one] riseth at the voice of the bird, And all daughters of song are bowed down. Ecclesiastes 12:5 Also of that which is high they are afraid, And of the low places in the way, And the almond-tree is despised, And the grasshopper is become a burden, And want is increased, For man is going unto his home age-during, And the mourners have gone round through the street. Ecclesiastes 12:6 While that the silver cord is not removed, And the golden bowl broken, And the pitcher broken by the fountain, And the wheel broken at the well. Ecclesiastes 12:7 And the dust returneth to the earth as it was, And the spirit returneth to God who gave it.

The preacher's care to edify.

Ecclesiastes 12:8 Vanity of vanities, said the preacher, the whole [is] vanity. Ecclesiastes 12:9 And further, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge, and gave ear, and sought out—he made right many similes. Ecclesiastes 12:10 The preacher sought to find out pleasing words, and, written [by] the upright, words of truth. Ecclesiastes 12:11 Words of the wise [are] as goads, and as fences planted [by] the masters of collections, they have been given by one shepherd. Ecclesiastes 12:12 And further, from these, my son, be warned; the making of many books hath no end, and much study [is] a weariness of the flesh.

The fear of God is the chief antidote of vanity.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 The end of the whole matter let us hear:—'Fear God, and keep His commands, for this [is] the whole of man. Ecclesiastes 12:14 For every work doth God bring into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether good or bad.'

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