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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.


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Angelo caban jr's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment on 9/23/2014, 6:32am...

It 's a way God tells us that no matter what we do somewhere are heart desires unprofitable works that seem to have no consequences but come with quick conviction by judgement


MockingBird's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment about verse 13 on 9/19/2014, 10:14am...

To fear God is to have a reverential trust in Him not to be afraid of Him but to have a fear of displeasing Him !! We do not get rewarded for our duty 's, although it is a Joy to do our duty unto our Lord . The Lord 's commandments are not grievious. God did not leave us alone we have Holy Spirit within guiding and directing our every step.


Blessed's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment on 9/19/2014, 6:10am...

I heard people make up excuses for Not believing in GOD YET they don 't read the bible. They don 't pray they don 't worship GOD. THEY really don 't want to hear the conclusion of thewhole matter. Because if they did they BELIEVE.


Indixiesheart's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment about verse 7 on 9/13/2014, 2:45pm...

God gives breath too all.. HE gives Spirit too some,who have Christ Jesus An HE takes back what is HIS when man dies.. His Breath an His Spirit... Those without Christ JEsus Son OF God die, Dust to dust ases to ashes. Those who saved in the LAmb JEsus, they may rest in dust an ashes for the moment, but will be raised back to life,re given Gods Breath an life to live with GODhead. Evil men have just enough breath in them to live, to try to get see God.. Unless they with their will choose Jesus as Lord an Son of God. THEn they will not see heaven. God bless You


Shay's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment about verse 7 on 8/11/2014, 9:37am...

When the spirit, or life force, leaves the body, the body dies and returns to where it came from the earth. Comparably, the life force returns to where it came from God. This does not mean that the life force actually travels to heaven. Rather, it means that for someone who dies, any hope of future life rests with Jehovah God. His life is in God s hands, so to speak. Only by God s power can the spirit, or life force, be given back so that a person may live again.


Ann's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment on 8/05/2014, 9:37am...

I have often thought of this Scripture and have even quoted it, when someone mentions the subject of "departed spirits ". I always believed that this refutes any truth of their being any such thing! But, recently, I read a comment one made about dying and they said that we don 't go to be with our Lord until He returns, based on the Scriptures in 1 Thessalonians 4 16, 17. It was, somewhat, disturbing, as I had always thought...based on the Word...that when a person who believes, passes from this life, they are transported into the Kingdom of God in Heaven. I would, very much, like to have some thoughts, or understanding on this subject. Thank you God Bless!


Brianna's Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 comment about verse 13 on 8/02/2014, 6:42am...

duty or another translations put it as obligation.I think it is good to understand the meaning of the word Something you are bound to due out of a sense of duty. With that in mind, I think we have to admit that Jehovah God gives us alot of freedom in life. The one thing he requires of is too keep his commandments, and maintain a healthy fear of displeasing him. That is the whole duty of men. We were still created to enjoy life, raise a family if you choose to, pursue goals etc. etc. However, we must never forget we also have a duty to our Creator.


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