May 27, 2024

Thomas McNeilly

Jesus Christ is King

What is Ecclesiastes 12 and Psalms 32:8

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The Twilight of Life 1So remember your Creator in the days of your youth: Before the days of adversity come, and the years approach when you will say,Ec 11:8 “I have no delight in them”; 2before the sun and the light are darkened,Is 5:30; Ezk 32:7–8 and the moon and the stars, and the clouds return after12:2 Or with the rain; 3on the day when the guardians of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, the women who grind grain cease because they are few, and the ones who watch through the windows see dimly,Gn 27:1; 48:10; 1Sm 3:2 4the doors at the street are shut while the sound of the mill fades;Jr 25:10; Rv 18:22 when one rises at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song grow faint. 5Also, they are afraid of heights and dangers on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper loses its spring,12:5 Or grasshopper is weighed down, or grasshopper drags itself along and the caper berry has no effect; for the mere mortal is headed to his eternal home,Jb 17:13; 30:23 and mourners will walk around in the street;Jr 9:17 6before the silver cord is snapped,12:6 Alt Hb tradition reads removed and the gold bowl is broken,Zch 4:2–3 and the jar is shattered at the spring, and the wheel is broken into the well; 7and the dust returns to the earth as it once was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.Gn 2:7; 3:19; Ec 3:21 8“Absolute futility,” says the Teacher. “Everything is futile.”Ec 1:2 The Teacher’s Objectives and Conclusion 9In addition to the Teacher being a wise man, he constantly taught the people knowledge; he weighed, explored, and arranged many proverbs.1Kg 4:32; Pr 1:1 10The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and write words of truth accurately. 11The sayings of the wise are like cattle prods,Pr 1:6; 22:17 and those from masters of collections are like firmly embedded nails.Ezr 9:8; Is 22:23 The sayings are given by one Shepherd.12:11 Or by a shepherd 12But beyond these, my son, be warned: there is no end to the making of many books,1Kg 4:32–33; Jn 21:25 and much study wearies the body.Ec 1:18 13When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: fear GodPr 1:7; Ec 3:14; 5:7; 7:18; 8:12–13 and keep his commands, because this is for all12:13 Or is the whole duty of humanity.Ps 97:5; Ac 4:12; Rm 10:12 14For God will bring every act to judgment,Ec 3:17; 11:9; Rv 20:12 including every hidden thing, whether good or evil. I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel. https://temtube.com/