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Ecclesiastes 12:1–7

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”:

2 While the sun and the light,

The moon and the stars,

Are not darkened,

And the clouds do not return after the rain;

3 In the day when the keepers of the house tremble,

And the strong men bow down;

When the grinders cease because they are few,

And those that look through the windows grow dim;

4 When the doors are shut in the streets,

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.

5 Also they are afraid of height,

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,

gAnd the spirit will return to God hwho gave it.

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