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Ecclesiastes 12

CEB 1 Remember your creator in your prime, before the days of trouble arrive, and those years, about which you'll say, "I take no pleasure in these"— 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”— CEB 2 before the sun and the light grow dark, the moon and the stars too, before the clouds return after the rain; NIV 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; CEB 3 on the day when the housekeepers tremble and the strong men stoop; when the women who grind stop working because they're so few, and those who look through the windows grow dim; 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; CEB 4 when the doors to the street are shut, when the sound of the mill fades, the sound of the bird rises, and all the singers come down low; NIV 4 when the doors to the street are closed and the sound of grinding fades; when people rise up at the sound of birds, but all their songs grow faint; CEB 5 when people are afraid of things above and of terrors along the way; when the almond tree blanches, the locust droops, and the caper-berry comes to nothing; when the human goes to the eternal abode, with mourners all around in the street; NIV 5 when people are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags itself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then people go to their eternal home and mourners go about the streets. CEB 6 before the silver cord snaps and the gold bowl shatters; the jar is broken at the spring and the wheel is crushed at the pit; NIV 6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well, CEB 7 before dust returns to the earth as it was before and the life-breath returns 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. CEB 8 Perfectly pointless, says the Teacher, everything is pointless. NIV 8 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.“Everything is meaningless!” CEB 9 Additionally: Because the Teacher was wise, he constantly taught the people knowledge. He listened and investigated. He composed many proverbs. NIV 9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. CEB 10 The Teacher searched for pleasing words, and he wrote truthful words honestly. NIV 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true. CEB 11 The words of the wise are like iron-tipped prods; the collected sayings of the masters are like nails fixed firmly by a shepherd. NIV 11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. CEB 12 Be careful, my child, of anything beyond them! There's no end to the excessive production of scrolls. Studying too much wearies the body. 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. CEB 13 So this is the end of the matter; all has been heard. Worship God and keep God's commandments because this is what everyone must do. NIV 13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. CEB 14 God will definitely bring every deed to judgment, including every hidden 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.

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