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FRAMEWORKS: Ecclesiastes 12

 

(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for meditation. To achieve this we have used a variety of means, notes, headings, verse summaries.)

 

 

FRAMEWORKS: Ecclesiastes 12: Get a right perspective early in life

  

[Preliminary Comments: In this final chapter the first 8 verses are a call to younger people to think about life and God while you are young, otherwise with the passing of the years, troubles of all sorts will make you self-focused and distract you from the most important quest of all – God. In his conclusion, Solomon is still able to say that wisdom starts and finishes with having a right relationship with God because He is Lord and will hold all accountable for the way they live.]

 

 

v.1-8 Hold on to the knowledge of God before you get too old

 

v.1 Think on God while you are young and carefree

v.1 Remember your Creator
     in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
     and the years approach when you will say,
     ‘I find no pleasure in them'–
     

v.2-5 Do it before darkness & troubles interfere

v.2  before the sun and the light
     and the moon and the stars grow dark,
     and the clouds return after the rain;
v.3  when the keepers of the house tremble,
     and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
     and those looking through the windows grow dim;
v.4  when the doors to the street are closed
     and the sound of grinding fades;
when people rise up at the sound of birds,
     but all their songs grow faint;
v.5  when people are afraid of heights
     and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
     and the grasshopper drags itself along
     and desire no longer is stirred.
Then people go to their eternal home
     and mourners go about the streets.

 

v.6-8 Do it before death & decay set in and it all seems pointless

v.6  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,
v.7  and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
     and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

v.8  ‘Meaningless! Meaningless!' says the Teacher.
     ‘Everything is meaningless!'

 

 

v.9-14 Some conclusions

 

v.9,10 Solomon the teacher sought right words to teach his people

v.9  Not only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.

v.10  The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

 

v.1 1 Wise words impact lives

v.11  The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails – given by one shepherd.

 

v.1 2 Be careful, too many words can bring weariness

v.12  Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.

Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

 

v.1 3 Fearing or respecting God is the heart of all wisdom

v.13  Now all has been heard;
     here is the conclusion of the matter:
fear God and keep his commandments,
     for this is the duty of all mankind.
    

v.14 Because God holds all accountable.

v.14  For God will bring every deed into judgment,
     including every hidden thing,
     whether it is good or evil.