New International Version

Ecclesiastes 12:1-14

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.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

伝道者の書 12:1-14


1若い日を夢中で楽しむあまり、あなたの造り主を忘れてはいけません。生きていることを楽しむ余裕などない逆境の時が来る前に、神を信じなさい。 2年を取り、日の光や月、星がかすんでよく見えず、夢も希望もなくなってから、神を思い出そうとしても手遅れです。 3やがて、手足が老齢のため震えるようになり、しっかりしていた足も弱くなり、歯がなくなって食べ物もかめず、目も見えなくなる時がきます。 4歯がなくなったら、物を食べるときは口を開かないようにしなさい。鳥がさえずり始める朝早く目が覚めても、耳が遠くて聞こえず、声もしわがれてきます。 5あなたは白髪でしわだらけの老人となり、高い所を怖がり、転ぶことを心配しながら足を引きずって歩きます。性欲もなく、死の門のそばに立ち、死んだ人を嘆く者のように永遠の家へと近づいて行きます。

6もう一度言います。あなたの若い日に、あなたの造り主を覚えなさい。銀色のいのちのひもが切れ、金の器が壊れ、水がめが泉のそばで壊れ、滑車が井戸のそばで壊れてしまう前に。 7やがて、ちりは元の地に帰り、たましいは、これを授けた神のもとに帰ります。 8伝道者は言います。すべて何もかもむなしい、と。


9しかし、伝道者は知恵があったので、自分の知っていることを全部人に教えました。また、さまざまの人生訓を集め、それを分類しました。 10知恵があっただけでなく、優れた教師でもあったからです。伝道者は人々に、自分の知っていることを興味深く教えました。



13これが私の最終的な結論です。神を恐れ、その命令に従いなさい。これこそ人間の本分です。 14神は私たちのすることをすべて、隠れたこともすべて、善も悪も、みなさばくのです。