12 Rememberb your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of troublec come
and the years approach when you will say,
“I find no pleasure in them”—
and the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds return after the rain;
and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
and those looking through the windows grow dim;
and the sound of grinding fades;
when people rise up at the sound of birds,
but all their songs grow faint;d
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 homee
and mournersf go about the streets.
and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
and the wheel broken at the well,
7 and the dust returnsg to the ground it came from,
“Everything is meaningless!k”
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.l 10 The Teacherm searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.n
Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.p
here is the conclusion of the matter:
for this is the duty of all mankind.s
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,t
including every hidden thing,u
whether it is good or evil.
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