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.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Ɔsɛnkafoɔ 12:1-14

1Kae wo Bɔfoɔ

wɔ wo mmeranteberɛ mu,

ansa na nnabɔne no aba

na mfeɛ a wobɛka sɛ,

“Menni mu anigyeɛ biara” no reba,

2ansa na owia ne hann,

ɔsrane ne nsoromma aduru sum,

na omununkum asane aba osutɔ akyi.

3Ɛberɛ a efie no awɛmfoɔ ho popo,

na mmarima ahoɔdenfoɔ akom,

ɛberɛ a ayamfoɔ agyae adwumayɛ, sɛ wɔsua enti

na wɔn a wɔhwɛ mpoma mu no ani so ayɛ kusuu;

4ɛberɛ a wɔatoto abɔntene no apono mu

na ayammeeɛ nnyegyeeɛ ano abrɛ ase;

ɛberɛ a nnipa te nnomaa su na wɔanyane,

nanso wɔn nnwontoɔ ano brɛ ase;

5ɛberɛ a nnipa suro ɛsoro kɔ

ne mmɔntene so amanenyasɛm;

ɛberɛ a sorɔno dua bɛgu nhyerɛnne

na abɛbɛ wea korɔ

na nkatedeɛ ho adwodwoɔ.

Afei onipa kɔ ne daa homeɛ mu

na agyaadwotwafoɔ tu gu mmɔntene so.

6Kae no, ansa na dwetɛ ahoma no ate,

anaasɛ sikakɔkɔɔ ayowaa no abɔ;

ansa na sukuruwa no abobɔ wɔ asutene ho,

anaasɛ asubura so nkyimiiɛ abubu,

7na dɔteɛ sane kɔ asase a ɛfiri mu baeɛ,

na honhom no tu kɔ Onyankopɔn a ɔde maeɛ no nkyɛn.

8“Ahuhudeɛ mu ahuhudeɛ” ɔsɛnkafoɔ no na ɔseɛ.

“Biribiara yɛ ahuhudeɛ!”

Asɛm No Awieeɛ

9Ɔsɛnkafoɔ no yɛ onyansafoɔ na ɔde nimdeɛ maa nnipa nso. Ɔdweneeɛ na ɔyɛɛ nhwehwɛmu na ɔbubuu mmɛ bebree. 10Ɔsɛnkafoɔ no hwehwɛɛ sɛ ɔbɛnya nsɛm a ɛfata, na deɛ ɔtwerɛeɛ no yɛ pɛ na ɛyɛ nokorɛ nso.

11Anyansafoɔ nsɛm te sɛ anantwikafoɔ mpea. Wɔn nsɛm a wɔaboa ano te sɛ nnadewa a wɔde abobɔ dua mu ma akɔ mu yie. Saa nsɛm yi nyinaa firi Odwanhwɛfoɔ baako nkyɛn. 12Mebɔ wo kɔkɔ sɛ twe wo ho firi biribiara a ɛka yeinom ho, me babarima.

Nwoma bebrebe atwerɛ nni awieeɛ, na ne sua pii no ma honam yɛ mmerɛ.

13Afei ne nyinaa atɔ asom;

nsɛm no awieeɛ nie:

Suro Onyankopɔn na di nʼahyɛdeɛ so,

na onipa asɛdeɛ nyinaa nie.

14Onyankopɔn bɛbu adeyɛ biara atɛn,

deɛ wɔayɛ asie nso ka ho,

sɛ ɛyɛ papa anaa bɔne.