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Ecclesiastes 12
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Remember Your Creator in Your Youth

1Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; 2before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, 3in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows are dimmed, 4and the doors on the street are shut—when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low—5they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along,1 and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets—6before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, 7and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. 8Vanity2 of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.

Fear God and Keep His Commandments

9Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. 10The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.

11The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. 12My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

13The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.3 14For God will bring every deed into judgment, with4 every secret thing, whether good or evil.


  • 1 12:5 Or is a burden
  • 2 12:8 The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath” (three times in this verse); see note on 1:2
  • 3 12:13 Or the duty of all mankind
  • 4 12:14 Or into the judgment on
Displaying 1-10 of 15 sermons for this passage.

What Is Your Life?

Ecclesiastes 12:1–14 Sermon 23:50 ID: 3385


Ecclesiastes 12:1–14 Sermon Includes Transcript 40:16 ID: 3300

Ecclesiastes Speaks Today — Part Two

Ecclesiastes 12:1–14 Sermon Includes Transcript 51:22 ID: 3033

Keep On!

2 Timothy 3:14, Ecclesiastes 12:1–14 Sermon 32:44 ID: 0162

Preaching the Gospel from Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 12:1–14 Sermon Includes Transcript 37:57 ID: 0156

Gospel Conversations — Part Two

Ecclesiastes 12:1–14 Sermon 34:59 ID: 2726

Gospel Conversations — Part One

Ecclesiastes 12:1–14 Sermon 48:02 ID: 2725

On Death and Dying

Ecclesiastes 12:1–14 Sermon Includes Transcript 41:27 ID: 2576

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part One

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 36:31 ID: 2390

The Prophesied Kingdom — Part Two

Ezra 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Sermon Includes Transcript 43:38 ID: 2391

Displaying 1-2 of 2 series for this passage.

The Kingdom of God, Volume 1

Genesis 1:1 – Malachi 4:6 Series ID: 26801

A Study in Ecclesiastes

Chasing the Wind Ecclesiastes 1:1–12:14 Series ID: 12101