Ecclesiastes 12
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Remember Your Creator

1And remember him creating thee in the days of thy youth, till even when the days of evil shall not come, and the years draw near in which thou shalt say, Not to me delight in them; 2Till when the sun shall not be darkened, and the light, and the moon, and the stars, and the clouds turned not back after the rain: 3In the day those watching the house shall tremble, and the strong men bent themselves, and the grinders ceased for they were few, and they looking through the lattice were darkened, 4And the doors were shut in the street, in the lowness of the voice of the grinding, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of the song shall bow down; 5Also from height they shall be afraid, and being dismayed in the way, and the almond tree shall be despised, and the locust shall become a burden, and the caperberry shall fail: for man shall go to his eternal house, and they mourning, went about in the street: 6Till when the cord of silver shall be removed far off, and the bowl of gold be broken, and the bucket shall be broken at the fountain, and the wheel broken at the cistern. 7And the dust shall turn back to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall turn back to God who gave it. 8Vanity of vanities, said the preacher; all is vanity.

The Whole Duty of Man

9And besides, the preacher was wise; he yet taught the people knowledge; and he gave ear, and sought out, setting in order many parables. 10The preacher sought to find words: of delight: and that written was straight, words of truth.

11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails planted of the masters of the gatherings; they were given from one shepherd. 12And besides, from these, my son, beware: of making many books, no end; and much study wearies the flesh.

13We will hear the end of all the word: Fear thou God, and watch his commands: for this is all man. 14For God will bring every work into judgment, with every thing hidden, whether good, and whether evil.

The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments; Translated Literally From The Original Tongues by Julia E. Smith

Section Headings Courtesy Berean Bible

Ecclesiastes 11
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