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Ecclesiastes 12 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So remember your Creator while you are still young, before those dismal days and years come when you will say, "I don't enjoy life." 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 That is when the light of the sun, the moon, and the stars will grow dim for you, and the rain clouds will never pass away. 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain;
3 Then your arms, that have protected you, will tremble, and your legs, now strong, will grow weak. Your teeth will be too few to chew your food, and your eyes too dim to see clearly. 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 Your ears will be deaf to the noise of the street. You will barely be able to hear the mill as it grinds or music as it plays, but even the song of a bird will wake you from sleep. 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 You will be afraid of high places, and walking will be dangerous. Your hair will turn white; you will hardly be able to drag yourself along, and all desire will be gone. We are going to our final resting place, and then there will be mourning 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 The silver chain will snap, and the golden lamp will fall and break; the rope at the well will break, and the water jar will be shattered. 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 Our bodies will return to the dust of the earth, and the breath of life will go back to God, who gave it to us. 7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
8 Useless, useless, said the Philosopher. It is all useless. 8 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Everything is meaningless!"
9 But because the Philosopher was wise, he kept on teaching the people what he knew. He studied proverbs and honestly tested their truth. 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 Philosopher tried to find comforting words, but the words he wrote were honest. 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
11 The sayings of the wise are like the sharp sticks that shepherds use to guide sheep, and collected proverbs are as lasting as firmly driven nails. They have been given by God, the one Shepherd of us all. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one Shepherd.
12 My child, there is something else to watch out for. There is no end to the writing of books, and too much study will wear you out. 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 After all this, there is only one thing to say: Have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that we were created for. 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 is going to judge everything we do, whether good or bad, even things done in secret. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.