Remember Him before the silver cord is [a]broken and the (A)golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed; then the (B)dust will return to the earth as it was, and the [b](C)spirit will return to (D)God who gave it. (E)Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “all is vanity!”

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 12:6 So with Gr; Heb removed
  2. Ecclesiastes 12:7 Or breath

Remember him—before the silver cord is severed,
    and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
    and the wheel broken at the well,
and the dust returns(A) to the ground it came from,
    and the spirit returns to God(B) who gave it.(C)

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.[a](D)
    “Everything is meaningless!(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 12:8 Or the leader of the assembly; also in verses 9 and 10

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