Ecclesiastes 12:1
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New International Version
Remember 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"--

New Living Translation
Don't let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, "Life is not pleasant anymore."

English Standard Version
Remember 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”;

New American Standard Bible
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, "I have no delight in them";

King James Bible
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So remember your Creator in the days of your youth: Before the days of adversity come, and the years approach when you will say," I have no delight in them";

International Standard Version
So remember your Creator during your youth! Otherwise, troublesome days will come and years will creep up on you when you'll say, "I find no pleasure in them,"

NET Bible
So remember your Creator in the days of your youth--before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you will say, "I have no pleasure in them";

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Remember your Creator when you are young, before the days of trouble come and the years catch up with you. They will make you say, "I have found no pleasure in them."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Remember then thy Creator in the days of thy youth, Before the evil days come, And the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say: 'I have no pleasure in them';

New American Standard 1977
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them”;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth while the evil days do not come nor the years draw near when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

King James 2000 Bible
Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say, I have no pleasure in them;

American King James Version
Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say, I have no pleasure in them;

American Standard Version
Remember also thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the time of affliction come, and the years draw nigh of which thou shalt say: They please me not:

Darby Bible Translation
And remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw nigh, of which thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

English Revised Version
Remember also thy Creator in the days of thy youth, or ever the evil days come, and the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

Webster's Bible Translation
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

World English Bible
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw near, when you will say, "I have no pleasure in them;"

Young's Literal Translation
Remember also thy Creators in days of thy youth, While that the evil days come not, Nor the years have arrived, that thou sayest, 'I have no pleasure in them.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:1-7 We should remember our sins against our Creator, repent, and seek forgiveness. We should remember our duties, and set about them, looking to him for grace and strength. This should be done early, while the body is strong, and the spirits active. When a man has the pain of reviewing a misspent life, his not having given up sin and worldly vanities till he is forced to say, I have no pleasure in them, renders his sincerity very questionable. Then follows a figurative description of old age and its infirmities, which has some difficulties; but the meaning is plain, to show how uncomfortable, generally, the days of old age are. As the four verses, 2-5, are a figurative description of the infirmities that usually accompany old age, ver. 6 notices the circumstances which take place in the hour of death. If sin had not entered into the world, these infirmities would not have been known. Surely then the aged should reflect on the evil of sin.
Study Bible
Remember Your Creator in Your Youth
1Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, "I have no delight in them"; 2before the sun and the light, the moon and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain;…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 8:18
"But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Nehemiah 4:14
When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: "Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses."

Psalm 63:6
When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches,

Psalm 119:55
O LORD, I remember Your name in the night, And keep Your law.

Ecclesiastes 11:2
Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.

Ecclesiastes 11:8
Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility.
Treasury of Scripture

Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say, I have no pleasure in them;

remember

Ecclesiastes 11:10 Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your …

Genesis 39:2,8,9,23 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he …

1 Samuel 1:28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he …

1 Samuel 2:18,26 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with …

1 Samuel 3:19-21 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his …

1 Samuel 16:7,12,13 But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the …

1 Samuel 17:36,37 Your servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised …

1 Kings 3:6-12 And Solomon said, You have showed to your servant David my father …

1 Kings 14:13 And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of …

1 Kings 18:12 And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from you, that the …

2 Chronicles 34:2,3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked …

Psalm 22:9,10 But you are he that took me out of the womb: you did make me hope …

Psalm 34:11 Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Psalm 71:17,18 O God, you have taught me from my youth: and till now have I declared …

Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he …

Isaiah 26:8 Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; …

Lamentations 3:27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke of his youth.

Daniel 1:8,9,17 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself …

Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither …

Luke 2:40-52 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: …

Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them to him, and said, Suffer little children to …

Ephesians 6:4 And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them …

2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures…

while

Ecclesiastes 11:8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him …

Job 30:2 Yes, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom …

Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason …

Hosea 7:9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knows it not: yes, gray …

when

2 Samuel 19:35 I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good …

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