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.
1Uzikumbukira mlengi wako
masiku a unyamata wako,
masiku oyipa asanafike,
nthawi isanafike pamene udzanena kuti,
2Nthawi ya ukalamba wako, dzuwa ndi kuwala,
mwezi ndi nyenyezi zidzada.
Mitambo idzabweranso mvula itagwa.
3Nthawi imene manja ako adzanjenjemera,
miyendo yako idzafowoka,
pamene mano ako adzalephera kutafuna chifukwa ndi owerengeka,
ndipo maso ako adzayamba kuchita chidima.
4Makutu ako adzatsekeka,
ndipo sudzamva phokoso lakunja;
sudzamvanso kusinja kwa pa mtondo
kapena kulira kwa mbalame mmawa.
5Imeneyi ndiyo nthawi imene anthu amaopa kupita kumalo okwera,
amaopa kuyenda mʼmisewu;
Mutu umatuwa kuti mbuu,
amayenda modzikoka ngati ziwala
ndipo chilakolako chimatheratu.
Nthawi imeneyo munthu amapita ku nyumba yake yamuyaya
ndipo anthu olira maliro amayendayenda mʼmisewu.
6Kumbukira Iye chingwe cha siliva chisanaduke,
kapena mbale yagolide isanasweke;
mtsuko usanasweke ku kasupe,
kapena mkombero usanathyoke ku chitsime.
7Iyi ndi nthawi imene thupi lidzabwerera ku dothi, kumene linachokera,
mzimu udzabwerera kwa Mulungu amene anawupereka.
8“Zopanda phindu! Zopandapake!” akutero Mlaliki.
“Zonse ndi zopandapake!”
9Mlaliki sanali wozindikira zinthu kokha ayi, komanso ankaphunzitsa anthu. Iye ankasinkhasinkha ndi kufufuzafufuza ndi kulemba mwadongosolo miyambi yambiri. 10Mlaliki anafufuzafufuza kuti apeze mawu oyenera, ndipo zimene analemba zinali zolondola ndiponso zoona.
11Mawu a anthu anzeru ali ngati zisonga, zokamba zawo zimene anasonkhanitsa zili ngati misomali yokhomera, yoperekedwa ndi mʼbusa mmodzi. 12Samalira mwana wanga, za kuwonjezera chilichonse pa zimenezi.
Kulemba mabuku ambiri sikutha, ndipo kuphunzira kwambiri kumatopetsa thupi.
13Basi zonse zamveka; mathero a nkhaniyi ndi awa:
uziopa Mulungu ndi kusunga malamulo ake,
pakuti umenewu ndiwo udindo
wa anthu onse.
14Pakuti Mulungu adzaweruza zochita zonse,
kuphatikizanso zinthu zonse zobisika,
kaya zabwino kapena zoyipa.