Ecclesiastes 12 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth-- before the days of trouble come and the years draw near when you will say, "I find 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 Before the sun, the light, the moon, and the stars darken and the clouds return 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 When the guards of the house tremble, and the men of strength are bent; the grinders cease because they are few, and those looking through the windows see dimly. 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 on the street are shut, when the sound of the grinding mill is low; one rises up to the sound of the bird, and all the daughters of song are brought 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 They are afraid of heights, and terrors [are] on the road. The almond tree blossoms, and the grasshopper draws itself along, and desire fails because man goes to his eternal home, and the mourners go about 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 the silver cord is snapped and the golden bowl is broken; and the jar at the foundation is broken, and the wheel at the cistern is broken. 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 returns to the earth as it was, and the breath returns 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 "Vanity of vanity!" says the Teacher. "Everything [is] vanity!" 8 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Everything is meaningless!"
9 The Teacher was full of wisdom, and he taught the people with knowledge. He carefully considered many proverbs and carefully arranged them. 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 Teacher sought to find delightful words, and he wrote what is upright--truthful words. 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] like cattle goads; the collections of the sages [are] like pricks inflicted by one shepherd. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one Shepherd.
12 My son, be careful {about anything beyond these things}. For the writing of books is endless, and too much study {is wearisome}. 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 Now that all has been heard, here is the final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commandments, for this [is] the whole [duty] of 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 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.