New International Version – UK

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 also he 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.

New Amharic Standard Version

መክብብ 12:1-14

1የጭንቀት ጊዜ ሳይመጣ፣

“ደስ አያሰኙኝም”

የምትላቸው ዓመታት ሳይደርሱ፣

በወጣትነትህ ጊዜ፣ ፈጣሪህን አስብ።

2ፀሓይና ብርሃን፣

ጨረቃና ከዋክብት ሳይጨልሙ፣

ደመናትም ከዝናብ በኋላ ሳይመለሱ፣

3ቤት ጠባቂዎች ሲርዱ፣

ብርቱዎች ሲጐብጡ፣

ጥቂት በመሆናቸው ፈጪታዎች ሲያቆሙ፣

በመስኮት የሚያዩትም ሲፈዙ፣

4ወደ አደባባይ የሚያወጡ በሮች ሲዘጉ፣

ወፍጮ ሟልጦ ድምፁ ሲላሽ፣

ሰው በወፍ ድምፅ ሲነሣ፣

ዝማሬው ሁሉ ሲዳከም፤

5ዳገት መውጣት ሲያርድ፣

መንገድም ሲያስፈራ፣

የለውዝ ዛፍ ሲያብብ፣

አንበጣም ራሱን ሲጐትት፣

ፍላጎት ሲጠፋ፤

በዚያም ጊዜ ሰው ወደ ዘላለማዊ ቤቱ ይሄዳል፤

አልቃሾችም በአደባባዮች ይዞራሉ።

6የብር ሰንሰለት ሳይበጠስ፣

የወርቅ ሳሕንም ሳይሰበር፣

የውሃ መቅጃው በምንጩ አጠገብ ሳይከሰከስ፣

ወይም መንኰራኵሩ በውሃ ጒድጓድ ላይ ሳይሰበር፣

7ዐፈር ወደ መጣበት መሬት ሳይመለስ፣

መንፈስም ወደ ሰጠው ወደ እግዚአብሔር ሳይመለስ፣

ፈጣሪህን አስብ።

8ሰባኪው12፥8 ወይም የጉባኤ መሪ እንዲሁም በቍ 9 እና 10 “ከንቱ ከንቱ

ሁሉም ነገር ከንቱ ነው!” ይላል።

የነገሩ ፍጻሜ

9ሰባኪው ጥበበኛ ብቻ አልነበረም፤ ነገር ግን ለሕዝቡ ዕውቀትንም ያስተምር ነበር። እርሱም በጥልቅ አሰበ፤ ተመራመረም፤ ብዙ ምሳሌዎችንም በሥርዐት አዘጋጀ። 10ሰባኪው ትክክለኛውን ቃል ለማግኘት ተመራመረ፤ የጻፈውም ቅንና እውነት ነበረ።

11የጠቢባን ቃላት እንደ ሹል የከብት መንጃ ናቸው፤ የተሰበሰቡ አባባሎቹም እጅግ ተቀብቅበው እንደ ገቡ ችንካሮች ሲሆኑ፣ ከአንድ እረኛ የተሰጡ ናቸው። 12ልጄ ሆይ፤ ከዚህ ሁሉ በላይ በማንኛውም ነገር ተጠንቀቅ፤ አንዳችም አትጨምር።

ብዙ መጻሕፍትን መጻፍ ማብቂያ የለውም፤ ብዙ ማጥናትም ሰውነትን ያደክማል።

13እነሆ፤ ሁሉ ነገር ከተሰማ ዘንድ፣

የነገሩ ሁሉ ድምዳሜ ይህ ነው፤

እግዚአብሔርን ፍራ፤ ትእዛዛቱንም ጠብቅ፤

ይህ የሰው ሁለንተናዊ ተግባሩ ነውና።

14መልካምም ይሁን ክፉ፣

ስውር የሆነውን ነገር ሁሉ አንድ ሳይቀር፣

ማንኛውንም ሥራ እግዚአብሔር ወደ ፍርድ ያመጣዋልና።