Ecclesiastes 12 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Remember your Creator while you are young, before the days of trouble come and the years when you 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 When you get old, the light from the sun, moon, and stars will grow dark; the rain clouds will never seem to go away. 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain;
3 At that time your arms will shake and your legs will become weak. Your teeth will fall out so you cannot chew, and your eyes will not 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 in the streets, and you will barely hear the millstone grinding grain. You'll wake up when a bird starts singing, but you will barely hear singing. 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 fear high places and will be afraid to go for a walk. Your hair will become white like the flowers on an almond tree. You will limp along like a grasshopper when you walk. Your appetite will be gone. Then you will go to your everlasting home, and people will go to your funeral. 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 Soon your life will snap like a silver chain or break like a golden bowl. You will be like a broken pitcher at a spring, or a broken wheel at a well. 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 You will turn back into the dust of the earth again, but your spirit will return 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 Everything is useless! The Teacher says that everything is useless. 8 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Everything is meaningless!"
9 The Teacher was very wise and taught the people what he knew. He very carefully thought about, studied, and set in order many wise teachings. 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 looked for just the right words to write what is dependable and true. 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
11 Words from wise people are like sharp sticks used to guide animals. They are like nails that have been driven in firmly. Altogether they are wise teachings that come from one Shepherd. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one Shepherd.
12 So be careful, my son, about other teachings. People are always writing books, and too much study will make you tired. 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, everything has been heard, so I give my final advice: Honor God and obey his commands, because this is all people must do. 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 judge everything, even what is done in secret, the good and the evil. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.