12 Remember anow your Creator in the days of your youth,
Before the 1difficult days come,
And the years draw near bwhen you say,
“I have no pleasure in them”:
The moon and the stars,
Are not darkened,
And the clouds do not return after the rain;
And the strong men bow down;
When the grinders cease because they are few,
And those that look through the windows grow dim;
And the sound of grinding is low;
When one rises up at the sound of a bird,
And all cthe daughters of music are brought low.
And of terrors in the way;
When the almond tree blossoms,
The grasshopper is a burden,
And desire fails.
For man goes to dhis eternal home,
And ethe mourners go about the streets.
6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is 2loosed,
Or the golden bowl is broken,
Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain,
Or the wheel broken at the well.
7 fThen the dust will return to the earth as it was,
So with Qr., Tg.; Kt. removed; LXX, Vg. broken