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before the silver cord is snapped,[a] and the golden bowl is broken, and the pitcher is broken at the fountain, and the wheel broken at the cistern, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the breath[b] returns to God who gave it. Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher;[c] all is vanity.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 12:6 Syr Vg Compare Gk: Heb is removed
  2. Ecclesiastes 12:7 Or the spirit
  3. Ecclesiastes 12:8 Qoheleth, traditionally rendered Preacher

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