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.

Luganda Contemporary Bible

Omubuulizi 12:1-14

Ennaku ze Tumala ku Nsi

112:1 a Mub 11:8 b 2Sa 19:35Jjukiranga omutonzi wo mu nnaku ez’obuvubuka bwo,

ng’ennaku embi tezinnakutuukako

n’emyaka nga teginnasembera,

mw’olyogerera nti, “Sizisanyukira”;

2ng’enjuba n’obutangaavu,

omwezi n’emmunyeenye nga tebinnafuuka kizikiza;

nga n’ebire biweddemu enkuba;

3abakuumi b’enju mwe balikankanira,

n’abasajja ab’amaanyi mwe bakutamizibwa,

nga n’abo abasa baleseeyo okusa, kubanga batono,

n’abo abalingiza mu butuli nga tebakyalaba;

412:4 Yer 25:10nga n’enzigi ez’olekedde enguudo zigaddwawo,

n’eddoboozi ly’okusa nga livumbedde;

ng’abasajja bagolokoka olw’eddoboozi ly’ennyonyi,

naye nga ennyimba zaabwe zivumbedde;

512:5 a Yob 17:13; 10:21 b Yer 9:17; Am 5:16nga batya buli kiwanvu

n’akabi akali mu nguudo,

ng’omubira gumulisizza,

ng’enseenene yeewalula era nga tewakyali alimu keetaaga kino oba kiri.

Omuntu n’agenda mu nnyumba ye gy’alimala ekiseera ekiwanvu

n’abakungubazi ne babuna enguudo.

6Jjukira omutonzi wo ng’omuguwa gwa ffeeza tegunnakutuka

oba ebbakuli eya zaabu nga tennayatika,

ng’ensuwa tennayatikira ku luzzi

obanga ne nnamuziga tennamenyekera ku luzzi,

712:7 a Lub 3:19; Yob 34:15; Zab 146:4 b Mub 3:21 c Yob 20:8; Zek 12:1ng’enfuufu edda mu ttaka mwe yava,

n’omwoyo ne gudda eri Katonda eyaguwa omuntu.

812:8 Mub 1:2Obutaliimu! Obutaliimu! Omubuulizi bw’agamba,

“Buli kintu butaliimu.”

Ebikomererayo

912:9 1Bk 4:32Omubuulizi teyali mugezi kyokka, wabula yayigiriza n’abantu eby’amagezi. Yalowooza n’anoonyereza n’ayiiyaayo engero nnyingi. 1012:10 Nge 22:20-21Omubuulizi yanoonyereza n’afuna ebigambo ebituufu byennyini, ne bye yawandiika byali byesimbu era nga bya mazima.

1112:11 Ezr 9:8Ebigambo by’abantu abagezi biri ng’emiwunda, engero zino ezakuŋŋaanyizibwa omusumba omu ziri ng’emisumaali egyakomererwa ne ginywezebwa ennyo. 1212:12 Mub 1:18Mwana wange weekuume ekintu kyonna ekyongerwako.

Okuwandiika ebitabo ebingi tekukoma, n’okuyiga okungi kukooya omubiri.

1312:13 a Ma 4:2; 10:12 b Mi 6:8Kale byonna biwuliddwa;

eno y’enkomerero yaabyo:

Tyanga Katonda okwatenga amateeka ge,

kubanga ekyo omuntu ky’agwanira okukola.

1412:14 a Mub 3:17 b Mat 10:26; 1Ko 4:5Kubanga Katonda alisala omusango olwa buli kikolwa;

ekyo ekyakwekebwa,

nga kirungi oba nga kibi.