12:2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, are not darkened, nor the a clouds return after the rain:
(a) Before you come to a continual misery: for
when the clouds remain after the rain, man's grief is increased.
12:3 In the day when the b
keepers of the house shall tremble, and the c
strong men shall bow themselves, and the d
grinders cease because they are few, and those that e
look out of the windows shall be darkened,
(b) The hands which keep the body.
(c) The legs.
(d) The teeth.
(e) The eyes.
12:4 And the f
doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the g
grinding shall be low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the h
bird, and all the i daughters of music
shall be brought low;
(f) The lips or mouth.
(g) When the jaws will scarce open and not be
able to chew any more.
(h) He will not be able to sleep.
(i) That is the wind pipes or the ears will be
deaf and not able to hear singing.
12:5 Also [when] they shall be afraid of [that which
is] k high, and fears [shall be] in the l
way, and the almond tree shall m
flourish, and the n grasshopper shall be
a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the
mourners go about the streets:
(k) To climb high because of their weakness, or
they stoop down as though they were afraid lest anything should hide them.
(l) They will tremble as they go, as though they
(m) Their head will be as white as the blossoms
of an almond tree.
(n) They will be able to bear nothing.
12:6 Or ever the o
silver cord shall be loosed, or the golden p
bowl be broken, or the q pitcher be
broken at the r fountain, or the s
wheel broken at the t cistern.
(o) Meaning, the marrow of the backbone and the
(p) The little skin that covers the brain, which
is in colour like gold.
(q) That is, the veins.
(r) Meaning the liver.
(s) Which is the head.
(t) That is, the heart out of which the head
draws the powers of life.
12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it
was: and the u spirit shall return to
God who gave it.
(u) The soul unconsciously goes either to joy or
torment, and sleeps not as the wicked imagine.
The words of the wise [are] as goads, and as nails x
fastened [by] the masters of assemblies, [which] are given from one y
(x) Which are well applied by the ministers, whom
he calls masters.
(y) That is by God.
12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished:
of making many z books [there is] no
end; and much study [is] a weariness of the flesh.
(z) These things cannot be comprehended in books
or learned by study, but God must instruct your heart that you may only know
that wisdom is the true happiness and the way to it is to fear God.