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Chapter 12

1Remember also thy Creators in days of thy youth, While that the evil days come not, Nor the years have arrived, that thou sayest, `I have no pleasure in them.` 2While that the sun is not darkened, and the light, And the moon, and the stars, And the thick clouds returned after the rain. 3In the day that keepers of the house tremble, And men of strength have bowed themselves, And grinders have ceased, because they have become few. And those looking out at the windows have become dim, 4And doors have been shut in the street. When the noise of the grinding is low, And [one] riseth at the voice of the bird, And all daughters of song are bowed down. 5Also of that which is high they are afraid, And of the low places in the way, And the almond-tree is despised, And the grasshopper is become a burden, And want is increased, For man is going unto his home age-during, And the mourners have gone round through the street. 6While that the silver cord is not removed, And the golden bowl broken, And the pitcher broken by the fountain, And the wheel broken at the well. 7And the dust returneth to the earth as it was, And the spirit returneth to God who gave it. 8Vanity of vanities, said the preacher, the whole [is] vanity. 9And further, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge, and gave ear, and sought out -- he made right many similes. 10The preacher sought to find out pleasing words, and, written [by] the upright, words of truth. 11Words of the wise [are] as goads, and as fences planted [by] the masters of collections, they have been given by one shepherd. 12And further, from these, my son, be warned; the making of many books hath no end, and much study [is] a weariness of the flesh. 13The end of the whole matter let us hear: -- `Fear God, and keep His commands, for this [is] the whole of man. 14For every work doth God bring into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether good or bad.`

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