Ecclesiastes

21. Advice to the Young

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The Queen
Ecclesiastes ch11 vv9-10, ch12 vv3-5,7

Young people, enjoy your youth.
Be happy while you are still young.
Do what you want to do, and follow your heart's desire.
But remember that God is going to judge you for whatever you do.
Don't let anything worry you or cause you pain.
You aren't going to be young very long.

Then your arms, that have protected you, will tremble, and your legs, now strong, will grow weak.
Your teeth will be too few to chew your food, and your eyes too dim to see clearly.
Your ears will be deaf to the noise of the street.
You will barely be able to hear the mill as it grinds or music as it plays,
but even the song of a bird will wake you from sleep.
You will be afraid of high places, and walking will be dangerous.
Your hair will turn white; you will hardly be able to drag yourself along,
and all desire will have gone.

Our bodies will return to the dust of the earth,
and the breath of life will go back to God,
who gave it to us.