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Remember Him before the silver rope of life is broken and the gold dish is crushed. Remember Him before the pot by the well is broken and the wheel by the water-hole is crushed. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was. And the spirit will return to God Who gave it. “It is of no use,” says the Preacher, “It is all for nothing!”

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