Remember also your aCreator
in the days of your byouth
, before the 1evil
days come and the years draw near when you will say, I have no pleasure in them;
The sad portrait of man's old age
Before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are 1darkened
, and the clouds return after the rain;
In the day when the keepers of the house tremble and the men of strength bow themselves and the women who grind cease because they are few, and those who look out of the windows see dimly;
And when the doors are shut on the street; when the sound of the grinding is low, and one arises at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of asong
are brought low;
When also men are afraid of what is high, and terrors are on the way; and the almond tree blossoms, and the grasshopper is a burden, and the caperberry is ineffective (for man will go to his everlasting home while mourners go around in the street);
Before the silver cord is undone, and the golden bowl is broken, and the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, and the wheel is broken at the cistern,
And the adust
returns to the earth as it was, and the bbreath
returns to God who cgave
of vanity, says the Preacher; all is vanity.
And in addition to being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered and studied and arranged many aproverbs
The Preacher sought to find pleasing words, and he wrote words of truth rightly.
The words of the wise are like goads, and like well-driven nails are the collections of them; they are given by one aShepherd
And of what is beyond these, my son, beware: Of the making of many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
The concluding word
The end of the matter, when all has been heard, is this: 1aFear
God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man.
For God will bring every deed to 1ajudgment
, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.