NASB — Ecclesiastes 12 — KJV

Remember God in Your Youth

1 aRemember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the bevil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them”; 2 before the asun and the light, the moon and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain; 3 in the day that the watchmen of the house tremble, and mighty men astoop, the grinding ones stand idle because they are few, and bthose who look through Iwindows grow dim; 4 and the doors on the street are shut as the asound of the grinding mill is low, and one will arise at the sound of the bird, and all the bdaughters of song will Ising softly. 5 Furthermore, Imen are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal ahome while bmourners go about in the street. 6 [Remember Him] before the silver cord is Ibroken and the agolden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed; 7 then the adust will return to the earth as it was, and the Ibspirit will return to cGod who gave it. 8aVanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “all is vanity!”

[1] aDt 8:18; Ne 4:14; Ps 63:6; 119:55 bEc 11:8
[2] aIs 5:30; 13:10; Ezk 32:7, 8; Jol 3:15; Mt 24:29
[3] IOr holes aPs 35:14; 38:6 bGn 27:1; 48:10; 1S 3:2
[4] ILit be brought low aJr 25:10; Rv 18:22 b2S 19:35
[5] ILit they aJb 17:13; 30:23 bGn 50:10; Jr 9:17
[6] ISo with Gr; Heb removed aZc 4:2, 3
[7] IOr breath aGn 3:19; Jb 34:15; Ps 104:29; Ec 3:20 bJb 34:14; Ec 3:21; Lk 23:46; Ac 7:59 cNu 16:22; 27:16; Is 57:16; Zc 12:1
[8] aEc 1:2

Purpose of the Preacher

9 ¶ In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged amany proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find adelightful words and to write bwords of truth correctly.

[9] a1K 4:32
[10] aPv 10:32 bPv 22:20, 21

11 ¶ The awords of wise men are like bgoads, and masters of [these] collections are like Iwell-driven cnails; they are given by one Shepherd. 12 But beyond this, my son, be warned: the Iwriting of amany books is endless, and excessive bdevotion [to books] is wearying to the body.

[11] ILit planted aPv 1:6; 22:17; Ec 7:5; 10:12 bAc 2:37 cEzr 9:8; Is 22:23
[12] ILit making a1K 4:32 bEc 1:18

13 ¶ The conclusion, when all has been heard, [is]: afear God and bkeep His commandments, because this [applies to] cevery person. 14 For aGod will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

[13] aEc 3:14; 5:7; 7:18; 8:12 bDt 4:2; Ec 8:5 cDt 10:12; Mi 6:8
[14] aEc 3:17; 11:9; Mt 10:26; Ro 2:16; 1Co 4:5


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The Creator is to be remembered in due time.

1 ¶ Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; 5 Also [when] they shall be afraid of [that which is] high, and fears [shall be] in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: 6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

[1] Gn 39:2, 8, 23; 1S 1:28; 2:18, 26; 3:19; 16:7, 12; 17:36; 2S 19:35; 1K 3:6; 14:13; 18:12; 2Ch 34:2; Jb 30:2; Ps 22:9; 34:11; 71:17; 90:10; Pv 8:17; 22:6; Ec 11:8, 10; Is 26:8; Lm 3:27; Dn 1:8, 17; Ho 7:9; Lk 1:15; 2:40; 18:16; Ep 6:4; 2Ti 3:15.
[2] Gn 27:1; 48:10; 1S 3:2; 4:15, 18; Ps 42:7; 71:20; 77:16; Ec 11:7.
[3] 2S 21:15; Ps 90:9; 102:23; Ec 12:2; Zc 8:4.
[4] 2S 19:35.
[5] Gn 42:38; 44:29, 31; 50:3; Lv 19:32; Jb 15:10; 17:13; 30:23; Ps 49:10; 71:18; Pv 16:31; 20:29; Ec 9:10; Is 46:4; Jr 1:11; 9:17; Mk 5:38; He 9:27.
[7] Gn 2:7; 3:19; 18:27; Nu 16:22; 27:16; Jb 4:19; 7:21; 20:11; 34:14; Ps 90:3; 146:4; Ec 3:20, 21; Is 57:16; Jr 38:16; Dn 12:2; Zc 12:1; He 12:9, 23.

The preacher's care to edify.

8 ¶ Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all [is] vanity. 9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, [and] set in order many proverbs. 10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and [that which was] written [was] upright, [even] words of truth. 11 The words of the wise [are] as goads, and as nails fastened [by] the masters of assemblies, [which] are given from one shepherd. 12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books [there is] no end; and much study [is] a weariness of the flesh.

[8] Ps 62:9; Ec 1:2, 14; 2:17; 4:4; 6:12; 8:8.
[9] 1K 4:32; 8:12; 10:8; Pv 1:1; 10:1; 25:1.
[10] Pv 1:1; 8:6; 15:23, 26; 16:21; 22:17; 25:11; Ec 1:1, 12; Lk 1:1; Jn 3:11; Col 1:5; 1Ti 1:15.
[11] Gn 49:24; Ps 23:1; 80:1; Is 40:11; Jr 23:29; Ezk 34:23; Mt 3:7; Jn 3:10; 10:14; Ac 2:37; 2Co 10:4; He 4:12; 13:20; 1P 5:4.
[12] Ec 1:18; Lk 16:29; Jn 5:39; 20:31; 21:25; 2P 1:19.

The fear of God is the chief antidote of vanity.

13 ¶ Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.

[13] Gn 22:12; Dt 6:2; 10:12; Jb 28:28; Ps 111:10; 112:1; 115:13; 145:19; 147:11; Pv 1:7; 19:23; 23:17; Ec 2:3; 5:7; 6:12; 8:12; Lk 1:50; 1P 2:17; Rv 19:5.
[14] Ps 96:13; Ec 11:9; Mt 12:36; 25:31; Lk 12:1; Jn 5:29; Ac 17:30; Ro 2:16; 14:10; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 5:10; Rv 20:11.


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