Bible: Eccl 11:7-12:14
Life Should Be Enjoyed Because Death is Inevitable
11:8 So, if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all,
Enjoy Life to the Fullest under the Fear of God
11:9 Rejoice, young man, while you are young, 7
and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth.
but know that God will judge your motives and actions. 10
Fear God Now Because Old Age and Death Come Quickly
12:1 So remember 19 your Creator in the days of your youth –
and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;
12:2 before the sun and the light 22 of the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds disappear 23 after the rain;
and the virile men begin to stoop over, 26
and the grinders 27 begin to cease because they grow few,
and those who look through the windows grow dim, 28
12:4 and the doors along the street are shut;
when the sound of the grinding mill 29 grows low,
and one is awakened 30 by the sound of a bird,
12:5 and they are afraid of heights and the dangers 34 in the street;
because man goes to his eternal home, 41
and the mourners go about in the streets –
12:6 before the silver cord is removed,
or the golden bowl is broken,
or the pitcher is shattered at the well, 42
or the water wheel 43 is broken at the cistern –
12:7 and the dust returns to the earth as it was,
and the life’s breath 44 returns to God who gave it.
Concluding Refrain: Qoheleth Restates His Thesis
Concluding Epilogue: Qoheleth’s Advice is Wise
12:9 Not only was the Teacher wise, 49
but he also taught knowledge to the people;
12:10 The Teacher sought to find delightful 52 words,
12:11 The words of the sages are like prods, 55
and the collected sayings are like firmly fixed nails;
they are given by one shepherd.
Concluding Exhortation: Fear God and Obey His Commands!
12:12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. 56
There is no end to the making 57 of many books,
and much study is exhausting to the body. 58
12:13 Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion: 59
Fear God and keep his commandments,
because this is the whole duty 60 of man.
12:14 For God will evaluate every deed, 61
including every secret thing, whether good or evil.