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Ecclesiastes 12 - NIV


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”—

2 before the sun and the light
and the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds return after the rain;

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;

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;

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.


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,

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


“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.[a]
“Everything is meaningless!”

The Conclusion of the Matter

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

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

11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd.[b]

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.


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.

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


a. Ecclesiastes 12:8 Or the leader of the assembly; also in verses 9 and 10
b. Ecclesiastes 12:11 Or Shepherd

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Shared by: Reverend Cooper McWhirter on Sep, 2016
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: “Remember now thy Creator”
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:1-8
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 2,091
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Shared by: Chris Jordan on Sep, 2015
Summary: Ecclesiastes ‘represents a brilliant argument for how someone would look at life if God did not play a direct, intervening role in life, and if there were no life after death.’ But because there is a God, and life continues after death, let us fear God!
Denomination: Foursquare
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Michael Deutsch avatar
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Shared by: Michael Deutsch on Aug, 2015
Summary: The final sermon in the series as Solomon reminds us to Remember our Creator.
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Shared by: Steven Chapman on Jun, 2015
Summary: This message was for the funeral of a older woman who found success in life, but rediscovered what was missing late in life -- a relationship with her Creator.
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Shared by: Chris Beam on Apr, 2015
Summary: Throughout this series in Ecclesiastes, we have been provided with some directions for life. And in this chapter that we are looking at this morning, we are given the wise direction to fear God and follow His commandments.
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 542
John Gaston avatar
Shared by: John Gaston on Oct, 2014
Summary: The topic of "ghosts" has been around as long as there have been human beings. “Ghost Stories” have been a mainstay on Halloween nights. Are they real?
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:7
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 961
Elizabeth Smith avatar
Shared by: Elizabeth Smith on Jun, 2014
Summary: 7 E's on how to live life
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,269
Davon Huss avatar
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Shared by: Davon Huss on Feb, 2014
Summary: A sermon on Ecclesiastes 11:9- 12:7 on the importance of reaching youth and young adults
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Says the Teacher Everything Is Meaningless
Shared by: Davon Huss on Jan, 2014
Summary: A sermon introducing a series on Ecclesiastes (Outline and material adapted from Eugene Peterson's book, Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work, chapter 4 The Pastoral Work of Nay-Saying)
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Shared by: Davon Huss on Jan, 2014
Summary: A sermon introducing a series on Ecclesiastes; this is part two of two part sermon; part one in the morning is Says the Teacher Everything is Meaningless (Outline and material adapted from Derek Kidner's book, The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job and Ecc.)
John McCormack avatar
Shared by: John McCormack on Dec, 2013
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 671
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Shared by: William D. Brown on Oct, 2013
Summary: Solomon explains that, youth is too brief and precious to be squandered in foolishness or evil, and that a person should live well in the fullness of each day before God, and acknowledge Him early in life.
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:1-7
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Views: 2,231
Damian Phillips avatar
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Shared by: Damian Phillips on May, 2013
Summary: Solomon concludes the book of Ecclesiastes with his observations about life; and in his closing remarks we find four words of wisdom that can be applied to the common life-experiences of high school graduates.
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Denomination: Baptist
Views: 10,020
Scott Chambers avatar
The Bottom Line: The Way I See It
Shared by: Scott Chambers on Apr, 2013
Summary: This is the final message in a series from the book of Ecclesiastes that examines Solomon's wisdom in regard to the mistakes that he had made in his life. This message examines the conclusion Solomon reaches after all of his different pursuits.
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Shared by: Terry Blankenship on Mar, 2013
Summary: Getting old isn't fun...nor is it for wimps! As Solomon concludes the Book of Ecclesiastes, he ponders the process and effects of aging. After all the quests we make in life, it all boils down to one thing...where will you go WHEN, not if, you die?
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Views: 2,218
Perry Greene avatar
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Shared by: Perry Greene on Oct, 2012
Summary: Is "church" just a club? Do we attend a congregation just to be entertained or is there a deeper reason? Learning to OBEY God is essential to our lives. It is part of our passion for the One who is passionate about us!
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Shared by: Dr. Ronald Shultz on Jun, 2012
Summary: The road you are on will get you to God, but will you enjoy the meeting?
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:7
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,281
Bishop Dr. Julius Soyinka avatar
Shared by: Bishop Dr. Julius Soyinka on Jan, 2012
Summary: God has made provisions for the youth to serve Him faithfully in their premarital years, provided they will be ready to make use of His provisions.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:1
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 4,372
Robert Fa'atoia Collins avatar
Shared by: Robert Fa'atoia Collins on Jan, 2012
Summary: Do you know who you are when your face with hardship and uncertainty?
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Seventh-Day Adventist
Views: 1,015
Victor Yap avatar
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Shared by: Victor Yap on Jan, 2012
Summary: Eccl 12
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 4,408
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Shared by: Bishop Dr. Julius Soyinka on Dec, 2011
Summary: The works of every congregation and that of each individual member are known by God and shall be rewarded by Him.
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Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 3,517
Donald McCulley avatar
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Shared by: Donald McCulley on Dec, 2011
Summary: The three R's of salvation.
based on 3 ratings
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Views: 1,150
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Shared by: Sherm Nichols on Nov, 2011
Summary: from a series about the life of Solomon. An examination of the book of Eccelesiastes, to conclude the series, and to see what Solomon concluded near the end of his recorded life.
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:13
Views: 1,593
Stephen Sheane avatar
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Shared by: Stephen Sheane on Oct, 2011
Summary: Preaching seminar taken from Eccl 12:9
based on 2 ratings
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Views: 1,022
Thomas Swope avatar
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Shared by: Thomas Swope on May, 2011
Summary: A study of chapter 12 verse 1 through 13
Series: Ecclesiastes
based on 1 rating
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Views: 6,701
Freddy Fritz avatar
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Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Dec, 2010
Summary: In today's lesson we are urged to demonstrate our fear of God by keeping his commandments.
based on 3 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 8,191
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Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Dec, 2010
Summary: In today's lesson we are urged to remember our Creator before it is too late in order that we may truly enjoy life.
based on 18 ratings
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Views: 7,645
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Remember Your Creator
Shared by: Jonathan McLeod on Dec, 2010
Summary: Remember your Creator--the sooner the better, but better late than never.
Series: Ecclesiastes
based on 7 ratings
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Views: 4,963
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Everything Matters
Shared by: Jonathan McLeod on Dec, 2010
Summary: Demonstrate your fear of God and love for God by keeping His commandments.
Series: Ecclesiastes
based on 1 rating
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Views: 702