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1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor 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 cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,

4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;

5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:

6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.

9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

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Matthew Henry's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 Bible commentary...

A description of the infirmities of age. (1-7) All is vanity: also a warning of the judgment to come. (8-14)1-7 We should remember our sins against our Creator, repent, and seek forgiveness. We should remember our duties, and set about them, looking to him for grace and strength. This should be done early, while the body is strong, and the spirits active. When a man has the pain of reviewing a misspent life, his not having given up sin and worldly vanities till he is forced to say, I have no pleasure in them, renders his sincerity very questionable. Then follows a figurative description of old age and its infirmities, which has some difficulties; but the meaning is plain, to show how uncomfortable, generally, the days of old age are. As the four verses, #2-5|, are a figurative description of the infirmities that usually accompany old age, ver. #6| notices the circumstances which take place in the hour of death. If sin had not entered into the world, these infirmities would not have been known. Surely then the aged should reflect on the evil of sin.

8-14 Solomon repeats his text, VANITY OF VANITIES, ALL IS VANITY. These are the words of one that could speak by dear-bought experience of the vanity of the world, which can do nothing to ease men of the burden of sin. As he considered the worth of souls, he gave good heed to what he spake and wrote; words of truth will always be acceptable words. The truths of God are as goads to such as are dull and draw back, and nails to such as are wandering and draw aside; means to establish the heart, that we may never sit loose to our duty, nor be taken from it. The Shepherd of Israel is the Giver of inspired wisdom. Teachers and guides all receive their communications from him. The title is applied in Scripture to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The prophets sought diligently, what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. To write many books was not suited to the shortness of human life, and would be weariness to the writer, and to the reader; and then was much more so to both than it is now. All things would be vanity and vexation, except they led to this conclusion, That to fear God, and keep his commandments, is the whole of man. The fear of God includes in it all the affections of the soul towards him, which are produced by the Holy Spirit. There may be terror where there is no love, nay, where there is hatred. But this is different from the gracious fear of God, as the feelings of an affectionate child. The fear of God, is often put for the whole of true religion in the heart, and includes its practical results in the life. Let us attend to the one thing needful, and now come to him as a merciful Saviour, who will soon come as an almighty Judge, when he will bring to light the things of darkness, and manifest the counsels of all hearts. Why does God record in his word, that ALL IS VANITY, but to keep us from deceiving ourselves to our ruin? He makes our duty to be our interest. May it be graven in all our hearts. Fear God, and keep his commandments, for this is all that concerns man.


Recent Comments for Ecclesiastes Chapter 12...


Salai's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment about verse 1 on 5/17/2014, 5:04pm...

I want to understand more about Ecclesiastes 12 1 and it is good to meditate on this chapter and verse


Harry Osei Agyapong's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment about verse 14 on 4/20/2014, 6:11am...

Show me oh Lord that l am not holy so give me real repent and holy and real love.


Tim George's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment about verse 5 on 3/07/2014, 5:21am...

The journey of life is a wonderful one as man once enjoyed the beauty of the trees and the grasshoppers as well as the singing of the birds Yet as life comes to an end the fear of heights and the sounds of the birds sings which once brought joy brings fear and desire of all the days of youth as well as romance goes away Then man is carried to his grave and those that mourn him are in the streets The soul returns to the Lord that made it awaiting the glorified body promised by the Lord Jesus Christ who is the first fruits of all those who sleep in the grave


Anonymous's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment on 2/16/2014, 5:19am...

Life to day will oneday ends only fear GOD and follow his ways


Nsikak john's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment about verse 5 on 2/14/2014, 12:42am...

God is good all the time


Tom H. Kauffung's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment about verse 13 on 1/05/2014, 8:33pm...

Fear (reverence) God and keep His commandments, For this is the whole (completion of ) man.
Keeping God's commandments gives us a relatonship with God, without which we are an incomplete being.


James Dixon's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment about verse 11 on 12/11/2013, 12:38pm...

All Scripture is given to men through the Spirit
Prophecy never came from man.
Christ gave Himself to man as a substitue for his failures.
Both are from well driven nails.


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