Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 12

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Ecclesiastes 12

NLT 1 Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.” NIV 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"-- NLT 2 Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky. NIV 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; NLT 3 Remember him before your legs—the guards of your house—start to tremble; and before your shoulders—the strong men—stoop. Remember him before your teeth—your few remaining servants—stop grinding; and before your eyes—the women looking through the windows—see dimly. NIV 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; NLT 4 Remember him before the door to life’s opportunities is closed and the sound of work fades. Now you rise at the first chirping of the birds, but then all their sounds will grow faint. NIV 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; NLT 5 Remember him before you become fearful of falling and worry about danger in the streets; before your hair turns white like an almond tree in bloom, and you drag along without energy like a dying grasshopper, and the caperberry no longer inspires sexual desire. Remember him before you near the grave, your everlasting home, when the mourners will weep at your funeral. NIV 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. NLT 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. NIV 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, NLT 7 For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. NIV 7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. NLT 8 “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless.” NIV 8 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Everything is meaningless!" NLT 9 Keep this in mind: The Teacher was considered wise, and he taught the people everything he knew. He listened carefully to many proverbs, studying and classifying them. NIV 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. NLT 10 The Teacher sought to find just the right words to express truths clearly. NIV 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true. NLT 11 The words of the wise are like cattle prods—painful but helpful. Their collected sayings are like a nail-studded stick with which a shepherd drives the sheep. NIV 11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one Shepherd. NLT 12 But, my child, let me give you some further advice: Be careful, for writing books is endless, and much study wears you out. NIV 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. NLT 13 That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. NIV 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. NLT 14 God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad. NIV 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.