(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.)
Ecclesiastes 12: Get a right perspective early in life
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.]
Hold on to the knowledge of God before you get too old
Think on God while you are young and carefree
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'–
Do it before darkness & troubles interfere
the sun and the light
and the moon
and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds
return after the rain;
the keepers of the house tremble,
and the strong
when the grinders cease because they are few,
and those looking
through the windows grow dim;
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;
people are afraid of heights
and of dangers
in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
and the grasshopper
drags itself along
no longer is stirred.
Then people go to their eternal home
go about the streets.
Do it before death & decay set in and it all seems pointless
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,
the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit
returns to God who gave it.
Meaningless!' says the Teacher.
Solomon the teacher sought right words to teach his people
only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the
people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.
Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote
was upright and true.
1 Wise words
words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like
firmly embedded nails – given by one shepherd.
2 Be careful,
too many words can bring weariness
warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.
making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the
3 Fearing or
respecting God is the heart of all wisdom
all has been heard;
here is the
conclusion of the matter:
fear God and keep his commandments,
this is the duty of all mankind.
Because God holds all accountable.
God will bring every deed into judgment,
is good or evil.