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 Ecclesiastes


Apart from God, life is empty and unsatisfying
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9:8 - dress up, comb your hair, look your best 262.7.16;
9:10 – work mightily during life 262.3.12; 262.45.10;

11:3 - trees always stay where they fall 262.10.19;

12:6 – silver cord 262.20.7

9:8 

8
 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.  KJV
8 Let your garments be always white [with purity], and let your head not lack [the] oil [of gladness].  AMP
8 Let your clothing always be white,
and never fail to perfume your head.  CJB
8 Wear fine clothes, with a splash of cologne!  NLT
8 Dress your best, and don’t forget a splash of scented fragrance.  VOICE
8 Dress up, comb your hair, and look your best.  CEV
8 Always look happy and cheerful.  GNT

9:10 

10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.  KJV

10 Whatever task comes your way to do, do it with all your strength; because in Sh’ol, where you will go, there is neither working nor planning, neither knowledge nor wisdom.  CJB

10 Every time you find work to do, do it the best you can. In the grave there is no work. There is no thinking, no knowledge, and there is no wisdom. And we are all going to the place of death.  ERV

10 Whatever ·work you [L your hand finds to] do, do ·your best [L with all your strength], because you are going to ·the grave [L Sheol], where there is no ·working [or action], no ·planning [or thought], no knowledge, and no wisdom [C such activities and pleasures are distractions from the meaninglessness of life].  EXB

10 Work hard at whatever you do. You will soon go to the world of the dead, where no one works or thinks or reasons or knows anything.  CEV


11:3 

3 No matter which direction a tree falls, it will lie where it fell. When the clouds are full, it rains.  GNT

3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.  KJV

3 Rain clouds always bring rain;
trees always stay
    wherever they fall.  CEV

3 There are some things you can be sure of. If clouds are full of rain, they will pour water on the earth. If a tree falls—to the south or to the north—then it will stay where it falls.  ERV

3-4 When the clouds are full of water, it rains.
When the wind blows down a tree, it lies where it falls.
Don’t sit there watching the wind. Do your own work.
Don’t stare at the clouds. Get on with your life.  MSG


12:6
 

6 Or 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.  KJV

6 Remember your Creator while you are young,
before the silver rope snaps and the golden bowl is crushed
like a jar broken at the well,
like a stone cover on a well that breaks and falls in.  ERV

6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is snapped,
the golden bowl is broken,
the pitcher is smashed near the spring,
and the water wheel is broken at the cistern.  GW

6 [Remember your Creator earnestly now] before the silver cord [of life] is snapped apart, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern [and the whole circulatory system of the blood ceases to function];  AMP

6 Soon ·your life will snap like a silver chain [L the silver thread will be snapped]
·or break like a golden bowl [L and the golden bowl will be crushed].
·You will be like a broken pitcher at a spring [L The jar will be broken by the well],
·or a broken wheel at a well [L and the wheel crushed by the cistern; C metaphors of death].  EXB

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