1Kae wo Bɔfo
wɔ wo mmerantebere mu,
ansa na nnabɔne no aba
na mfe a wobɛka se,
“Minni mu anigye biara” no reba,
2ansa na owia ne hann,
ɔsram ne nsoromma aduru sum,
na omununkum asan aba osutɔ akyi.
3Bere a ofi no awɛmfo ho popo,
na mmarima ahoɔdenfo akom,
bere a awiyamfo agyae adwumayɛ, sɛ wosua nti
na wɔn a wɔhwɛ pema mu no ani so ayɛ kusuu;
4bere a wɔatoto abɔnten no apon mu
na awiyambea nnyigyei ano abrɛ ase;
bere a nnipa te nnomaa su na wɔanyan,
nanso wɔn nnwonto ano abrɛ ase;
5bere a nnipa suro sorokɔ
ne mmɔnten so amanenyasɛm;
bere a “ɔsonkoran” dua begu nhwiren
na tɛwtɛw twe ne ho kɔ no
na nkatede ho adwudwo.
Afei onipa kɔ ne daa home mu
na agyaadwotwafo tu gu mmɔnten so.
6Kae no, ansa na dwetɛ hama no atew,
anaasɛ sikakɔkɔɔ asanka no abɔ;
ansa na sukuruwa no abobɔ wɔ asuten ho,
anaasɛ asubura so nkyimii abubu,
7na dɔte san kɔ asase a efi mu bae,
na honhom no tu kɔ Onyankopɔn a ɔde mae no nkyɛn.
8“Ahuhude mu ahuhude” ɔsɛnkafo no na ose.
“Biribiara yɛ ahuhude!”
Asɛm No Awiei
9Ɔsɛnkafo no yɛ onyansafo na ɔde nimdeɛ maa nnipa nso. Ɔdwenee na ɔyɛɛ nhwehwɛmu na obubuu mmɛ bebree. 10Ɔsɛnkafo no hwehwɛɛ sɛ obenya nsɛm a ɛfata, na nea ɔkyerɛw no yɛ pɛ na ɛyɛ nokware nso.
11Anyansafo nsɛm te sɛ nantwikafo mpeaw. Wɔn nsɛm a wɔaboa ano te sɛ nnadewa a wɔde abobɔ dua mu ma akɔ mu yiye. Saa nsɛm yi nyinaa fi Oguanhwɛfo baako nkyɛn. 12Mebɔ wo kɔkɔ sɛ twe wo ho fi biribiara a ɛka eyinom ho, me babarima.
Nhoma bebrebe nkyerɛw nni awiei, na ne sua pii no ma honam yɛ mmerɛw.
13Afei ne nyinaa atɔ asom;
nsɛm no awiei ni:
Suro Onyankopɔn na di nʼahyɛde so,
na onipa asɛde nyinaa ni.
14Onyankopɔn bebu nneyɛe biara atɛn,
nea wɔayɛ asie nso ka ho,
sɛ ɛyɛ papa anaa bɔne.
1Remember 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”—
2before the sun and the light
and the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds return after the rain;
3when 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;
4when 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;
5when 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.
6Remember 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,
7and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
8“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.12:8 Or the leader of the assembly; also in verses 9 and 10
“Everything is meaningless!”
The Conclusion of the Matter
9Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. 10The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
11The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd.12:11 Or Shepherd 12Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.
Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
13Now 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.
14For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.