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6 When the silver cord is severed,
the golden vessel is broken,
the pitcher is shattered at the fountain,
and the wheel is broken at the cistern,
7 then man’s[a] dust will go back to the earth,
returning to what it was,
and the spirit[b] will return to the God who gave it.
8 “Utterly pointless,” says the Teacher.
“Everything is pointless.”