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Ecclesiastes 12 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Don't let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and no longer enjoy living. 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 It will be too late then to remember him, when the light of the sun and moon and stars is dim to your old eyes, and there is no silver lining left among the clouds. 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain;
3 Your limbs will tremble with age, and your strong legs will grow weak. Your teeth will be too few to do their work, and you will be blind, too. 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 And when your teeth are gone, keep your lips tightly closed when you eat! Even the chirping of birds will wake you up. But you yourself will be deaf and tuneless, with a quavering voice. 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 heights and of falling, white-haired and withered, dragging along without any sexual desire. You will be standing at death's door. And as you near your everlasting home, the mourners will walk along 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 Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don't wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the 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 For then the dust will return to the earth, and the 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 "All is meaningless," says the Teacher, "utterly meaningless." 8 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Everything is meaningless!"
9 Because the Teacher was wise, he taught the people everything he knew. He collected proverbs and classified 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 Indeed, the Teacher taught the plain truth, and he did so in an interesting way. 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
11 A wise teacher's words spur students to action and emphasize important truths. The collected sayings of the wise are like guidance from a shepherd. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one Shepherd.
12 But, my child, be warned: There is no end of opinions ready to be expressed. Studying them can go on forever and become very exhausting! 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 Here is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is the duty of every person. 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 us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.