Ecclesiastes 12:5

“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:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Also when they shalbe afraid of that which is high, and feares shall bee in the way, and the Almond tree shall flourish, and the grashopper shall be a burden, and desire shall faile: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners goe about the streets:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Furthermore, men are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

yea, they shall be afraid of `that which is' high, and terrors `shall be' in the way; and the almond-tree shall blossom, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail; because man goeth to his everlasting home, and the mourners go about the streets:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he is in fear of that which is high, and danger is in the road, and the tree is white with flower, and the least thing is a weight, and desire is at an end, because man goes to his last resting-place, and those who are sorrowing are in the streets;
- Basic English Bible

they are also afraid of what is high, and terrors are in the way, and the almond is despised, and the grasshopper is a burden, and the caper-berry is without effect; (for man goeth to his age-long home, and the mourners go about the streets;)
- Darby Bible

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:
- Webster's Bible

yes, they shall be afraid of heights, and terrors will be in the way; and the almond tree shall blossom, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail; because man goes to his everlasting home, and the mourners go about the streets:
- World English Bible

Also of that which is high they are afraid, And of the low places in the way, And the almond-tree is despised, And the grasshopper is become a burden, And want is increased, For man is going unto his home age-during, And the mourners have gone round through the street.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and terrors shall be in the way; and the almond-tree shall blossom, and the grasshopper shall drag itself along, and the caperberry shall fail; because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 12:5


12:5 Afraid - The passion of fear is observed to be most incident to old men. High - When they walk abroad they dread to go up high or steep places. Fears - Lest as they are walking, they should stumble, or fall. The almond - tree - Their heads shall be as full of grey hairs, as the almond - tree is of white flowers. The grasshopper - They cannot endure the least burden, being indeed a burden to themselves. Desire - Of meats, and drinks, and music, and other delights, which are vehemently desired by men in their youth. Goeth - is travelling towards it, and every day nearer to it. Long home - From this place of his pilgrimage into the grave, from whence he must never return into this world, and into the state of the future life, which is unchangeable and everlasting. Mourners - Accompany the corpse thro' the streets to the grave.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 12:5

  • Tim George for verse 5
    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
  • Nsikak john for verse 5
    God is good all the time
  • This verse surely carry a deep meaning for it show that there should be no far for old age. This is God creation and again mankind fear death its all our passage and to reach to the father we shall all pass through there as well its a long journey yes but remember after this there shall be happiness with the Lord high up in heaven where there will be no day or night its praising and worshiping isn't that wonderful.

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