Ecclesiastes 12:1-11 NKJV

1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them":
2 While the sun and the light, The moon and the stars, Are not darkened, And the clouds do not return after the rain;
3 In the day when the keepers of the house tremble, And the strong men bow down; When the grinders cease because they are few, And those that look through the windows grow dim;
4 When the doors are shut in the streets, And the sound of grinding is low; When one rises up at the sound of a bird, And all the daughters of music are brought low;
5 Also they are afraid of height, And of terrors in the way; When the almond tree blossoms, The grasshopper is a burden, And desire fails. For man goes to his eternal home, And the mourners go about the streets.
6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, a Or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, Or the wheel broken at the well.

References for Ecclesiastes 12:6

    • k 12:6 - Following Qere and Targum; Kethib reads removed; Septuagint and Vulgate read broken.
      7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
      8 "Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "All is vanity."
      9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs.
      10 The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright--words of truth.
      11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars b are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd.

      References for Ecclesiastes 12:11

        • l 12:11 - Literally masters of assemblies