11Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the 2evildayscome and the yearsdrawnearwhen you will say, "I havenodelight in them";
2before the 3sun and the light, the moon and the stars are darkened, and cloudsreturnafter the rain;
in the day that the watchmen of the housetremble, and mightymen4stoop, the grinding ones standidlebecause they are few, and 5those who look through awindowsgrowdim;
and the doors on the street are shut as the 6sound of the grindingmill is low, and one will arise at the sound of the bird, and all the 7daughters of song will bsingsoftly.
5Furthermore, cmen are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almondtreeblossoms, the grasshopperdrags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For mangoes to his eternal8home while 9mournersgoabout in the street.
Remember Him before the silvercord is dbroken and the 10goldenbowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed;
then the 11dust will return to the earth as it was, and the e12spirit will return to 13Godwhogave it.
"14Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "all is vanity!"
In addition to being a wiseman, the Preacheralsotaught the peopleknowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged15manyproverbs.
The Preachersought to find16delightfulwords and to write17words of truthcorrectly.
The 18words of wisemen are like 19goads, and masters of these collections are like fwell-driven20nails; they are given by oneShepherd.
But beyondthis, my son, be warned: the gwriting of 21manybooks is endless , and excessive22devotion to books is wearying to the body.
The conclusion , when all has been heard, is: 23fearGod and 24keep His commandments, becausethis applies to 25everyperson.
For 26God will bringeveryact to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.