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The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
[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;
[2]  before the sun, and the light, and 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 1 cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows shall be 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]  yea, they shall be afraid of 2 that which is high, and terrors shall be in the way; and the almond-tree shall blossom, and the grasshopper shall 3 be a burden, and desire 4 shall fail; 5 because man goeth to his everlasting home, and the mourners go about the streets:
[6]  before the silver cord is loosed, 6 or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern,
[7]  and the dust returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit returneth unto God who gave it.
[8]  Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; all is vanity.
[9]    And further, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he pondered, 7 and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
[10]  The Preacher sought to find out acceptable 8 words, and that which was written uprightly, even words of truth.
[11]    The words of the wise are as goads; and as nails well fastened are the words of the masters 9 of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
[12]  And 10 furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
[13]    This 11 is the end of the matter; all hath been heard: Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this 12 is the whole duty of man.
[14]  For God will bring every work into judgment, with 13 every hidden thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Note 1. Or, grinding women. [back]
Note 2. Or, of danger from on high. [back]
Note 3. Or, shall drag itself along. [back]
Note 4. Or, the caperberry. [back]
Note 5. Or, burst. [back]
Note 6. Or, snapped asunder. [back]
Note 7. Or, gave ear. [back]
Note 8. Heb. words of delight. [back]
Note 9. Or, collectors of sentences. [back]
Note 10. Or, And as for more than these, my son, be warned. [back]
Note 11. Or, Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. [back]
Note 12. Or, this is the duty of all men. [back]
Note 13. Or, concerning. [back]


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