|Ecclesiastes 12 |
1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,1 while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say, I have no pleasure in them;
2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, are not darkened, nor do the clouds return after the rain.
3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look out of the windows are darkened,
4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low;
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 goes to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets.
6 Or ever the silver cord [of life] be broken, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.2
8 Vanity of vanities, said the preacher; all is vanity.
9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words; and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.
11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.3
1 Remember your creator in the days of your youth. Those who seek me early shall find me. Prov 8:17. This is a wonderful promise and reassurance to the youthful seekers of God. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke of his youth. Lam 3:27. Jesus said: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Mat 11:29-30. As William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, said in his farewell advice to his family and children:
In your youthful days seek after the Lord, that you may find Him; remembering his great love in creating you; that you are not beasts, plants, or stones, but that He has kept you, and given you his grace within, and substance without, and provided plentifully for you. This remember in your youth, that you may be kept from the evil of the world; for in age it will be harder to overcome the temptations of it.
2 the spirit shall return to God who gave it [at death]. All spirits of men return to God at death. If a man does not attain freedom from sin, purity, union, salvation, and translation to the kingdom of God while on earth, God destroys his soul and body, banishing his Spirit to Hell in order to learn about the evil in his heart. To even experience the purifying pain of the lake of fire as a man takes his part in it, there has to be some form of life; so complete destruction does not occur. The Light Christ, steps out of a man, as he is banished to take his part in the lake of fire; and then a man is left without restraint, free to pursue the desires of his heart to the maximum possible. He is satiated with his desires, until they are burnt out of him, and he returns to heaven to live in the outer court as a spiritual gentile whose heart was not circumcised on the earth, who was not part of the first fruits to God. See Is There Hope for All for more.
3 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man, for God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil. Fear God and keep his commandments; but this is not the Ten Commandments, though they are important too. Rather, this is fear God, and keep whatever you have heard him command you to do: But this I commanded them, saying: 'Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk completely in the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well to you.' Jer 7:7:23. God, will judge us for all our deeds, words, and thoughts; he remembers them all.