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Ecclesiastes 12 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Let your mind be turned to your Maker in the days of your strength, while the evil days come not, and the years are far away when you will say, I have no pleasure in them; 1 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, "I find no pleasure in them"--
2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, are not dark, and the clouds come not back after the rain; 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain;
3 In the day when the keepers of the house are shaking for fear, and the strong men are bent down, and the women who were crushing the grain are at rest because their number is small, and those looking out of the windows are unable to see; 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 are shut in the street, and the sound of the crushing is low, and the voice of the bird is soft, and the daughters of music will be made low; 4 when the doors to the street are closed and the sound of grinding fades; when men rise up at the sound of birds, but all their songs grow faint;
5 And he is in fear of that which is high, and danger is in the road, and the tree is white with flower, and the least thing is a weight, and desire is at an end, because man goes to his last resting-place, and those who are sorrowing are in the streets; 5 when men are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags himself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then man goes to his eternal home and mourners go about the streets.
6 Before ever the silver cord is cut, or the vessel of gold is broken, or the pot is broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the water-hole; 6 Remember him--before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, or the wheel broken at the well,
7 And the dust goes back to the earth as it was, and the spirit goes back to God who gave it. 7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
8 All things are to no purpose, says the Preacher, all is to no purpose. 8 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Everything is meaningless!"
9 And because the Preacher was wise he still gave the people knowledge; searching out, testing, and putting in order a great number of wise sayings. 9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.
10 The Preacher made search for words which were pleasing, but his writing was in words upright and true. 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
11 The words of the wise are pointed, and sayings grouped together are like nails fixed with a hammer; they are given by one guide. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one Shepherd.
12 And further, my son, take note of this: of the making of books there is no end, and much learning is a weariness to the flesh. 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.
13 This is the last word. All has been said. Have fear of God and keep his laws; because this is right for every man. 13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man.
14 God will be judge of every work, with every secret thing, good or evil. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.