Ecclesiastes 12 YLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Remember also thy Creators in days of thy youth, While that the evil days come not, Nor the years have arrived, that thou sayest, `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 that the sun is not darkened, and the light, And the moon, and the stars, And the thick clouds returned 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 that keepers of the house tremble, And men of strength have bowed themselves, And grinders have ceased, because they have become few. And those looking out at the windows have become dim, 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 doors have been shut in the street. When the noise of the grinding is low, And [one] riseth at the voice of the bird, And all daughters of song are bowed down. 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 Also of that which is high they are afraid, And of the low places in the way, And the almond-tree is despised, And the grasshopper is become a burden, And want is increased, For man is going unto his home age-during, And the mourners have gone round through the street. 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 While that the silver cord is not removed, And the golden bowl broken, And the pitcher broken by the fountain, And the wheel 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 And the dust returneth to the earth as it was, And the spirit returneth 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 vanities, said the preacher, the whole [is] vanity. 8 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Everything is meaningless!"
9 And further, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge, and gave ear, and sought out -- he made right many similes. 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 sought to find out pleasing words, and, written [by] the upright, words of truth. 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
11 Words of the wise [are] as goads, and as fences planted [by] the masters of collections, they have been given by one shepherd. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one Shepherd.
12 And further, from these, my son, be warned; the making of many books hath no end, and much study [is] a weariness of 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 The end of the whole matter let us hear: -- `Fear God, and keep His commands, for this [is] the whole 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 every work doth God bring into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether good or bad.' 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.