Ecclesiastes - Chapter 12 | New International Version

  • 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. before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain;
  • 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. 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. 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. 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 returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
  • 8. Meaningless! Meaningless! says the Teacher. "Everything is meaningless!"
  • 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 searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
  • 11. The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one Shepherd.
  • 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 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 God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.