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Ecclesiastes 12 (WEBP)

[1] Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw near, when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them;”
[2] Before the sun, the light, the moon, and the stars are darkened, and 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 who look out of the windows are darkened,
[4] and the doors shall be shut in the street; when the sound of the grinding is low, and one shall rise up at the voice of a bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low;
[5] yes, they shall be afraid of heights, and terrors will be on the way; and the almond tree shall blossom, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail; because man goes to his everlasting home, and the mourners go about the streets;
[6] before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is broken at the spring, or the wheel broken at the cistern,
[7] and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
[8] “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher. “All is vanity!”
[9] Further, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge. Yes, he pondered, sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
[10] The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words, and that which was written blamelessly, words of truth.
[11] The words of the wise are like goads; and like nails well fastened are words from the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
[12] Furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
[13] This is the end of the matter. All has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.
[14] For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.

Scripture quotations are taken from The World English Bible™ of, 2020 stable text edition. It is in the public domain.

King James w/Strong’s #s

Ecclesiastes 12 (KJVS)

[1] Remember H2142 (8798) now thy Creator H1254 (8802) in the days H3117 of thy youth H979, while the evil H7451 days H3117 come H935 (8799) not, nor the years H8141 draw nigh H5060 (8689), when thou shalt say H559 (8799), I have no pleasure H2656 in them;
[2] While the sun H8121, or the light H216, or the moon H3394, or the stars H3556, be not darkened H2821 (8799), nor the clouds H5645 return H7725 (8804) after H310 the rain H1653:
[3] In the day H3117 when the keepers H8104 (8802) of the house H1004 shall tremble H2111 (8799), and the strong H2428 men H582 shall bow H5791 (8694) themselves, and the grinders H2912 (8802) cease H988 (8804) because they are few H4591 (8765), and those that look out H7200 (8802) of the windows H699 be darkened H2821 (8804),
[4] And the doors H1817 shall be shut H5462 (8795) in the streets H7784, when the sound H6963 of the grinding H2913 is low H8217, and he shall rise up H6965 (8799) at the voice H6963 of the bird H6833, and all the daughters H1323 of musick H7892 shall be brought low H7817 (8735);
[5] Also [when] they shall be afraid H3372 (8799) of [that which is] high H1364, and fears H2849 [shall be] in the way H1870, and the almond tree H8247 shall flourish H5006 (8686), and the grasshopper H2284 shall be a burden H5445 (8691), and desire H35 shall fail H6565 (8686): because man H120 goeth H1980 (8802) to his long H5769 home H1004, and the mourners H5594 (8802) go about H5437 (8804) the streets H7784:
[6] Or ever H3808 the silver H3701 cord H2256 be loosed H7576 (8735) (8675) H7368 (8735), or the golden H2091 bowl H1543 be broken H7533 (8799), or the pitcher H3537 be broken H7665 (8735) at the fountain H4002, or the wheel H1534 broken H7533 (8738) at the cistern H953.
[7] Then shall the dust H6083 return H7725 (8799) to the earth H776 as it was: and the spirit H7307 shall return H7725 (8799) unto God H430 who gave H5414 (8804) it.
[8] Vanity H1892 of vanities H1892, saith H559 (8804) the preacher H6953; all [is] vanity H1892.
[9] And moreover H3148, because the preacher H6953 was wise H2450, he still taught H3925 (8765) the people H5971 knowledge H1847; yea, he gave good heed H239 (8765), and sought out H2713 (8765), [and] set in order H8626 (8765) many H7235 (8687) proverbs H4912.
[10] The preacher H6953 sought H1245 (8765) to find out H4672 (8800) acceptable H2656 words H1697: and [that which was] written H3789 (8803) [was] upright H3476, [even] words H1697 of truth H571.
[11] The words H1697 of the wise H2450 [are] as goads H1861, and as nails H4930 fastened H5193 (8803) [by] the masters H1167 of assemblies H627, [which] are given H5414 (8738) from one H259 shepherd H7462 (8802).
[12] And further H3148, by these H1992, my son H1121, be admonished H2094 (8734): of making H6213 (8800) many H7235 (8687) books H5612 [there is] no end H7093; and much H7235 (8687) study H3854 [is] a weariness H3024 of the flesh H1320.
[13] Let us hear H8085 (8799) the conclusion H5490 of the whole matter H1697: Fear H3372 (8798) God H430, and keep H8104 (8798) his commandments H4687: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man H120.
[14] For God H430 shall bring H935 (8686) every work H4639 into judgment H4941, with every secret thing H5956 (8737), whether [it be] good H2896, or whether [it be] evil H7451.

Young’s Literal Translation

Ecclesiastes 12 (YLT)

[1] Remember also thy Creators in days of thy youth, While that the evil days come not, Nor the years have arrived, that thou sayest, ‘I have no pleasure in them.’
[2] While that the sun is not darkened, and the light, And the moon, and the stars, And the thick clouds returned after the rain.
[3] In the day that keepers of the house tremble, And men of strength have bowed themselves, And grinders have ceased, because they have become few. And those looking out at the windows have become dim,
[4] And doors have been shut in the street. When the noise of the grinding is low, And one riseth at the voice of the bird, And all daughters of song are bowed down.
[5] Also of that which is high they are afraid, And of the low places in the way, And the almond-tree is despised, And the grasshopper is become a burden, And want is increased, For man is going unto his home age-during, And the mourners have gone round through the street.
[6] While that the silver cord is not removed, And the golden bowl broken, And the pitcher broken by the fountain, And the wheel broken at the well.
[7] And the dust returneth to the earth as it was, And the spirit returneth to God who gave it.
[8] Vanity of vanities, said the preacher, the whole is vanity.
[9] And further, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge, and gave ear, and sought out-he made right many similes.
[10] The preacher sought to find out pleasing words, and, written by the upright, words of truth.
[11] Words of the wise are as goads, and as fences planted by the masters of collections, they have been given by one shepherd.
[12] And further, from these, my son, be warned; the making of many books hath no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
[13] The end of the whole matter let us hear:-‘Fear God, and keep His commands, for this is the whole of man.
[14] For every work doth God bring into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether good or bad.’