Ecclesiastes 12:2

“While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

While the Sunne, or the light, or the moone, or the starres be not darkened, nor the cloudes returne after the raine:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

before the sun and the light, the moon and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars, are darkened, and the clouds return after the rain;
- American Standard Version (1901)

While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, are not dark, and the clouds come not back after the rain;
- Basic English Bible

before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars, be darkened, and the clouds return after the rain;
- Darby Bible

While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, are not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
- Webster's Bible

Before the sun, the light, the moon, and the stars are darkened, and the clouds return after the rain;
- World English Bible

While that the sun is not darkened, and the light, And the moon, and the stars, And the thick clouds returned after the rain.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars, are darkened, and the clouds return after the rain;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 12:2


12:2 Which - Heb. While the sun, and the light, and the moon, &c. That clause, and the light, seems to be added to signify that he speaks of the darkening of the sun, and moon, and stars; not in themselves, but only in respect of that light which they afford to men. And therefore the same clause which is expressed after the sun, is to be understood after the moon and stars. And those expressions may be understood of the outward parts of the body, and especially of the face, the beauty of the countenance, the pleasant complexion of the cheeks, the liveliness of the eyes, which are compared to the sun, and moon, and stars, and which are obscured in old age, as the Chaldee paraphrast understands it. Or of external things, of the change of their joy, which they had in their youth, into sorrow, and manifold calamities, which are usually the companions of old age. This interpretation agrees both with the foregoing verse, in which he describes the miseries of old age, and with the following clause, which is added to explain those otherwise ambiguous expressions; and with the scripture use of this phrase; for a state of comfort and happiness is often described by the light of the sun, and a state of trouble is set forth, by the darkening of the light of the sun. Nor the clouds - This phrase denotes a perpetual succession of rain, and clouds bringing rain, and then rain and clouds again. Whereby he expresses either the rheums or destructions which incessantly flow in old men; or the continual vicissitude of infirmities, diseases, and griefs; one deep calling upon another.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 12

  • Mike
    This is the whole duty of man fear God and keep his commandments

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

    -Ecclesiastes 12:13
  • Steve morrow
    ECCLESIATES 12:11 THE WORDS OF THE WISE ARE AS GOADS AND AS NAILS FASTENED BY THE MASTERS OF ASSEMBLIES --- WHICH ARE GIVEN FROM ONE SHEPHERD --- JOHN 10:16 AND OTHER SHEEP I HAVE WHICH ARE NOT OF THIS FOLD THEM ALSO I MUST BRING AND THEY SHALL HEAR --MY VOICE--AND THERE SHALL BE ONE FOLD AND --ONE SHEPHERD--
  • BSP
    We should have a deep respect or fear of Jehovah God and keep his commandments. This is the whole obligation of humans.
  • A disciple
    In this wonderful Book called, The Preacher, is laid out very many aspects of this present existence, and how they are used knowingly or unknowingly to distract man who is made in the image of God from seeking out the eternal meaning of his having been created thus and in many cases, worse, uses them falsely to deny the very God and Saviour, who he is supposed to replicate in character, in conduct, in faith, hope and love in holiness and the Spirit of Truth. The powerful conclusion "of the whole matter," is what we must hear and receive and learn from Jesus to do, with all our hearts, and without hypocrisy. For if after all our lifetime is spent, and we have only our own basket of potatoes and carrots, but no honest accounting of our souls in light of Christ being sent to redeem us then will we have worked for nothing, and all our love, and hate, and envy, and toil, will be turned to smoke and ashes, and remembered no more we ourselves having never stood in the truth, will have no place, and never be fit for the presence of God in eternity. But the Word is written to us as to children, so that we may do them and be blessed. This is the will of God for all men that we might be saved, all thanks and glory and praise to our wonderful Father God, and the Son of God our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  • Marimba
    'all mans duty is to serve GOD'
  • Irene123
    Oh Carol; that the Lord could reach the youth before they joined gangs, committed felonies, got DUI's, etc. Keep them lifted up in prayer ............

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