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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,
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.

“Utterly pointless,” says the Teacher.
    “Everything is pointless.”

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  1. Ecclesiastes 12:7 The Heb. lacks man’s
  2. Ecclesiastes 12:7 Or the breath of life