King James Version

Ecclesiastes 12:1-14

1Remember 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; 2While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 3In 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,12.3 the grinders…: or, the grinders fail, because they grind little 4And 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; 5Also 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: 6Or 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. 7Then 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. 9And 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.12.9 moreover…: or, the more wise the preacher was, etc 10The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.12.10 acceptable…: Heb. words of delight 11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.12.12 study: or, reading

13¶ Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.12.13 Let…: or, The end of the matter, even all that hath been heard, is 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Ɔsɛnkafo 12:1-14

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.