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The silver cord snaps,
    the golden bowl breaks;
the water pitcher is smashed,
and the pulley at the well
    is shattered.
So our bodies return
    to the earth,
and the life-giving breath[a]
    returns to God.
Nothing makes sense.
I have seen it all—
    nothing makes sense.

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  1. 12.7 life-giving breath: Or “spirit.”