Ecclesiastes 12

Rotherham(i) 1 Yet remember thy Creator, in the days of thy vigour,—or ever come in, the days of discomfort, and the years arrive, in which thou shalt say—I have, in them, no pleasure; 2 Or ever be darkened—the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars,—and the clouds return after a downpour of rain; 3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the men of might bow themselves,—and the grinders cease because they are few, and they who look through the windows are darkened; 4 And the doors in the street be closed, when the sound of the mill become low,—and one rise at the chirp of a small bird, and low-voiced be all the daughters of song; 5 Yea, at what is high, they be in fear, and there be, terrors, in the way, and the almond be rejected, and the grasshopper drag itself along, and desire perish,—for man is going to his age-abiding home, when the wailers shall go round in the streets; 6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken,—or the bucket by the fountain be shivered, or the wheel at the well be broken; 7 And the dust return to the earth, as it was,—and, the spirit, return unto God, who gave it. 8 Vanity of vanities, saith the Proclaimer, all, is vanity. 9 Besides that, the Proclaimer being wise,—still further taught knowledge unto the people, and weighed and searched, arranged proverbs in abundance. 10 The Proclaimer sought to find out words giving delight, and to note down rightly, the words of truth. 11 The words of the wise, are as goads, yea, as driven nails, their well-ordered sayings,—given from one shepherd. 12 And besides, from them, my son, be admonished,—Of making many books, there is no end, and, much study, is a weariness of the flesh. 13 The conclusion of the matter—the whole, let us hear,—Towards God, be reverent, and, his commandments, observe, for, this, [concerneth] all mankind. 14 For, every work, will God bring into judgment, with every hidden thing,—whether good, or evil.