Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:7New King James Version (NKJV)
Seek God in Early Life
9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the [a]ways of your heart, And [b]in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment. 10 Therefore remove [c]sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh, For childhood and [d]youth are vanity.
Seek God in Early Life
12 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the [e]difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them”: 2 While the sun and the light, The moon and the stars, Are not darkened, And the clouds do not return after the rain; 3 In the day when the keepers of the house tremble, And the strong men bow down; When the grinders cease because they are few, And those that look through the windows grow dim; 4 When the doors are shut in the streets, And the sound of grinding is low; When one rises up at the sound of a bird, And all the daughters of music are brought low. 5 Also they are afraid of height, And of terrors in the way; When the almond tree blossoms, The grasshopper is a burden, And desire fails. For man goes to his eternal home, And the mourners go about the streets.
6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is [f]loosed, Or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, Or the wheel broken at the well. 7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
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