1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
1 So remember your Creator during your youth! Otherwise, troublesome days will come and years will creep up on you when you'll say, "I find no pleasure in them,"
2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
2 Otherwise, when the sun, daylight, moon, or stars turn dark, or when clouds fail to return after the rain
2 before the sun and the light, and the moon and the stars are darkened [by impaired vision], and the clouds [of depression] return after the rain [of tears];
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 be darkened,
3 when that day comes, the palace guards will tremble, strong men will stoop down, women grinders will cease because they are few, and the sight of those who peer through the lattice will grow dim.
3 in the day when the keepers of the house (hands, arms) tremble, and the strong men (feet, knees) bow themselves, and the grinders (molar teeth) cease because they are few, and those (eyes) who look through the windows grow dim;
4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
4 The doors to the street will be shut when the sound of grinding decreases, when one wakes up at the song of a bird, and all of the singing women are silenced.
4 when the doors (lips) are shut in the streets and the sound of the grinding [of the teeth] is low, and one rises at the sound of a bird and the crowing of a rooster, and all the daughters of music (voice, ears) sing softly.
5 Furthermore, (c)men are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal (H)home while (I)mourners go about in the street.
5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
5 Also, they are afraid of heights and dangers on the road;the almond tree blossoms,the grasshopper loses its spring,(b)and the caper berry has no effect;for man is headed to his eternal home,(E)and mourners will walk around in the street;(F)
5 At that time they will fear climbing heights and dangers along the road while the almond tree will blossom, and the grasshopper is weighed down. Desire will cease, because the person goes to his eternal home, and mourners will gather in the marketplace.
5 Furthermore, they are afraid of a high place and of dangers on the road; the almond tree (hair) blossoms [white], and the grasshopper (a little thing) is a burden, and the (a)caperberry (desire, appetite) fails. For man goes to his eternal home and the mourners go about the streets and market places.(B)
6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
6 When the silver cord is severed, the golden vessel is broken, the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, and the wheel is broken at the cistern,
6 Earnestly remember your Creator before the silver cord [of life] is broken, or the golden bowl is crushed, or the pitcher at the fountain is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed;
7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
7 then man's dust will go back to the earth, returning to what it was, and the spirit will return to the God who gave it.
7 then the dust [out of which God made man’s body] will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
8 "Utterly pointless," says the Teacher. "Everything is pointless."
9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
9 Moreover, besides being wise himself, the Teacher taught people what he had learned by listening, making inquiries, and composing many proverbs.
9 Furthermore, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; and he pondered and searched out and arranged many proverbs.
10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.
10 The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and write words of truth accurately.
10 The Teacher searched to find appropriate expressions, and what is written here is right and truthful.
10 The Preacher sought to find delightful words, even to write correctly words of truth.
11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
11 Sayings from the wise are like cattle prods and well fastened nails; this masterful collection was given by one shepherd.
12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
12 So learn from them, my son. There is no end to the crafting of many books, and too much study wearies the body.
12 But beyond this my son, [about going further than the words given by one Shepherd], be warned: the writing of many books is endless [so do not believe everything you read], and excessive study and devotion to books is wearying to the body.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
13 Let the conclusion of all of these thoughts be heard: Fear God and obey his commandments, for this is what it means to be human.
13 When all has been heard, the end of the matter is: fear God [worship Him with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is almighty God] and keep His commandments, for this applies to every person.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
14 For God will judge every deed, along with every secret, whether good or evil.
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