Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,
4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.
11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
In this last chapter we have a reminder for all young people to be ready for the inescapable destiny, aging. And meanwhile the preparation for aging should be done wisely so it will continue like an “elegant decline.” Only a fool would get angry at the inevitable process that leads us to the end of our lives.
God is our great provider and mentor of our lives. He hugs us spiritually every day until the end of the path. Remember your Creator before those days come and in that way we can prepare for the needs that will surround us until the end of our trip.
Solomon says that even though the dust goes back to the earth, the spirit or the “spark” of life goes back to God, who created it (v. 7). Without God everything is “Meaningless! Meaningless!” (v. 8) but in God we find abundant life.
We can summarize this chapter like this: Wisdom is for us to love Jesus and to trust in the promise of eternal life that the Father will give us.
Leonidas Verneque Guedes
Southeast Brazil Union