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Ward Green Version, 2004 American Standard Version, 1901
© 2009-2011 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
Ecclesiastes 12
1Be mindful you have a Creator young man
1Your days of young manhood just now when you can
1Before days arrive in calamitous sight
1The years pounce when you say: ``There is no delight''

2The sun and the light moon and stars have gone black
2And after a downpour the thick clouds come back
3The day when the housekeepers tremble by fears
3And men of great vigour are bent by the years

3The grinders as too few in number have quit
3The seeing is dark at the windows of it
4The doors of two leaves have been shut in the street
4The sound of the grinders so low when they meet

4And one rises up with the chirp of a crow
4The musical daughters have all been made low
5They shall be afraid of the things which are high
5And terrors are many in journeying nigh

5The almond tree blossoms the grasshopper trails
5As berries of caper the strong desire fails
5So man goes away to his longlasting space
5As mourners surround in the street everyplace

6But yet has no silver cord been thrown away
6Nor golden bowl crushed broken down as they say
6Not yet has the jar at the fountain been torn
6The wheel at the wellspring is not badly worn

7But dust is returning to earth as it be
7And breath back to God is returning for free
8``Of vanity, vanities'' such is the call
8That preaches the preacher ``All vanity, all''

9And so all the more since the preacher was wise
9He did by his knowledge the people advise
9With open ear also he sought order well
9In power the proverbs and bywords to swell

10The preacher sought catch up the words of delight
10The words which are faithful and written upright
11As goads cattle prods are the wisest word hoards
11Like nails driven in by a master of boards

11These things are as given from one shepherd's call
12My son beyond this be forewarned above all
12The making of writing increases so much
12Much studying increases tiring as such

13The end of the matter one all understands
13All man's to fear God and to keep his commands
14For God judges works with what all is concealed
14What's good and what's evil-- all will be revealed
© 2009-2011 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
Modified August 02, 2011 by Ward Green

Ecclesiastes 12 1
Remember also thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
Ecclesiastes 12 2
before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars, are darkened, and the clouds return after the rain;
Ecclesiastes 12 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 shall be darkened,
Ecclesiastes 12 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;
Ecclesiastes 12 5
yea, they shall be afraid of [that which is] high, and terrors [shall be] in the way; and the almond-tree shall blossom, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail; because man goeth to his everlasting home, and the mourners go about the streets:
Ecclesiastes 12 6
before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern,
Ecclesiastes 12 7
and the dust returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit returneth unto God who gave it.
Ecclesiastes 12 8
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; all is vanity.
Ecclesiastes 12 9
And further, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he pondered, and sought out, [and] set in order many proverbs.
Ecclesiastes 12 10
The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words, and that which was written uprightly, [even] words of truth.
Ecclesiastes 12 11
The words of the wise are as goads; and as nails well fastened are [the words of] the masters of assemblies, [which] are given from one shepherd.
Ecclesiastes 12 12
And furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
Ecclesiastes 12 13
[This is] the end of the matter; all hath been heard: fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole [duty] of man.
Ecclesiastes 12 14
For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
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