before 1the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain,
in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and 2those who look through the windows are dimmed,
and 3the doors on the street are shut--when 4the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all 5the daughters of song are brought low--
they are afraid also of what is high, and 6terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along,a and desire fails, because man is going to his 7eternal 8home, and the 9mourners go about the streets--
before the silver cord is snapped, or 10the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is 11shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern,
and 12the dust returns to the earth as it was, and 13the spirit returns to God 14who gave it.
815Vanity of vanities, says 16the Preacher; all is vanity.
Besides being wise, 17the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging 18many proverbs with great care.
1019The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.
1120The words of the wise are like goads, and like 21nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are 22given by 23one Shepherd.
My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making 24many books there is no end, and 25much study is a weariness of the flesh.