Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8

Remember God while you are young

7 Light is good.

So people are happy when they see the sun.

8 You should enjoy the things that you do each day.

You should do that even if you live to a very old age.

You may live for many years but, in the end, you will die.

And you will be dead for a very long time.

There is nothing that means anything after that.

9 Enjoy your life while you are young.

Do the things that you want to do.

The things that you see will give you pleasure, too.

But God watches the things that you do. You should remember that.

He will want to know why you did those things.

10 Do not cause your thoughts to have trouble.

And do not cause your body to have pain.

You will not always be young.

We all become old too quickly.

11:10We can do things that will help us to enjoy our life. We should be kind to other people. We should enjoy each new day. We should remember that God made us. And he made the world that we live in, too.

Ecclesiastes 12

1 While you are young, you should worship God.

In future years, you will say, ‘I do not enjoy my life any longer.’

2 In the end, you will not see the light that comes from the sun.

And will you not see the moon or the stars.

There will always be black clouds in the sky.

3 Your arms will shake when you do not want them to move.

Your legs will become weak.

You will have only a few teeth.

Your eyes will not see well.

4 Your ears will not hear well.

You will not hear the noise of people at their work.

At night, you will not sleep well.

But you will hear the birds when they sing. Then you will wake up because of that.

5 You will be afraid to climb up a hill.

You will be afraid to walk along a road.

Your hair will become white.

It will be like white flowers on a bush.

You will feel very tired all the time.

And you will not want to have sex any longer.

We will all die in the end.

When we die, people will be sad.

Many of them will be on the streets.

And they will cry because we have died.

6 In the end, the valuable jar will break.

The water pot will break. The rope at the well will break.

You will not get water from the well any longer.

7 So, in the end, we will all die.

People will bury our dead bodies under the ground.

Our spirits will return to God.

8 Nothing on the earth has a purpose.

I have seen all the things that happen on the earth.

None of them has a purpose.