Ecclesiastes 12:7

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then shall the dust returne to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall returne vnto God who gaue it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and the dust returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit returneth unto God who gave it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the dust goes back to the earth as it was, and the spirit goes back to God who gave it.
- Basic English Bible

and the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit return unto God who gave it.
- Darby Bible

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.
- Webster's Bible

and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
- World English Bible

And the dust returneth to the earth as it was, And the spirit returneth to God who gave it.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the dust returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit returneth unto God who gave it.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Ecclesiastes 12

  • 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 ............
  • Carol
    remember the lord while still a youth...
  • Irene123
    V. 13 - It is so simple, easy to live for God. We make it hard in our minds before coming to Him (Acts 2:38) by looking at the worldly 'things' we have to give up; immodest dress, jewelry, make-up, tobacco, alcohol, cursing, our party wk'ends (Heb. 10:25). None, NONE of this goes with us after death; it's all vanity. Matt. 6:23 - Seek ye first .....

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