2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain;
3 when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, when the grinders cease because they are few, and those looking through the windows grow dim;
4 when the doors to the street are closed and the sound of grinding fades; when people rise up at the sound of birds, but all their songs grow faint;
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5 when people are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags itself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then people go to their eternal home and mourners go about the streets.
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6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well,
7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
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8 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.a“Everything is meaningless!”
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    • o 12:8 - Or "the leader of the assembly" ; also in verses 9 and 10

      The Conclusion of the Matter

      9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.
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      10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
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      11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd.b
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        • p 12:11 - Or "Shepherd"
          12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
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