1Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; (2Sa 19:35; Ec 11:8; La 3:27)2before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, (Job 3:9; Isa 5:30; Eze 32:7)3in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows are dimmed, (Ge 27:1; Ge 48:10; 1Sa 3:2)4and the doors on the street are shut—when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low— (Ps 141:3; Ec 2:8; Jer 25:10; Re 18:22)5they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along,
1. The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath” (three times in this verse); see note on 1:2
 of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity. (Ec 1:1; Ec 1:2)
Fear God and Keep His Commandments
9Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. (Pr 1:1; Ec 12:8)10The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth. (Ec 12:8)11The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. (Ezr 9:8; Ps 80:1; Pr 1:6; Pr 2:6; Pr 22:17; Isa 22:23; Eze 34:23; Joh 10:11; Joh 10:16)12My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. (1Ki 4:32; Ec 1:18)13The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.