Bible: Ecclesiastes 12:2-7

12:2 before the sun and the light 1  of the moon and the stars grow dark,

and the clouds disappear 2  after the rain;

12:3 when those who keep watch over the house 3  begin to tremble, 4 

and the virile men begin to stoop over, 5 

and the grinders 6  begin to cease because they grow few,

and those who look through the windows grow dim, 7 

12:4 and the doors along the street are shut;

when the sound of the grinding mill 8  grows low,

and one is awakened 9  by the sound of a bird,

and all their 10  songs 11  grow faint, 12 

12:5 and they are afraid of heights and the dangers 13  in the street;

the almond blossoms 14  grow white, 15 

and the grasshopper 16  drags itself along, 17 

and the caper berry 18  shrivels up 19 

because man goes to his eternal home, 20 

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, 21 

or the water wheel 22  is broken at the cistern

12:7 and the dust returns to the earth as it was,

and the life’s breath 23  returns to God who gave it.

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