Ecclesiastes. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
[ 1] R EMEMBER 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.
Or, Note 1. grinding women. [ back]
Or, Note 2. of danger from on high. [ back]
Or, Note 3. shall drag itself along. [ back]
Or, Note 4. the caperberry. [ back]
Or, Note 5. burst. [ back]
Or, Note 6. snapped asunder. [ back]
Or, Note 7. gave ear. [ back]
Heb. Note 8. words of delight. [ back]
Or, Note 9. collectors of sentences. [ back]
Or, Note 10. And as for more than these, my son, be warned. [ back]
Or, Note 11. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. [ back]
Or, Note 12. this is the duty of all men. [ back]
Or, Note 13. concerning. [ back]