Ecclesiastes 12:2
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New International Version
before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain;

New Living Translation
Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky.

English Standard Version
before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain,

New American Standard Bible
before the sun and the light, the moon and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain;

King James Bible
While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
before the sun and the light are darkened, and the moon and the stars, and the clouds return after the rain;

International Standard Version
Otherwise, when the sun, daylight, moon, or stars turn dark, or when clouds fail to return after the rain—

NET Bible
before the sun and the light of the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds disappear after the rain;

New Heart English Bible
Before the sun, the light, the moon, and the stars are darkened, and the clouds return after the rain;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Remember your Creator before the sun, the light, the moon, and the stars turn dark, [and] the clouds come back with rain.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Before the sun, and the light, and the moon, And the stars, are darkened, And the clouds return after the rain;

New American Standard 1977
before the sun, the light, the moon, and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain;

Jubilee Bible 2000
before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain:

King James 2000 Bible
While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

American King James Version
While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

American Standard Version
before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars, are darkened, and the clouds return after the rain;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars be darkened, and the clouds return after the rain:

Darby Bible Translation
before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars, be darkened, and the clouds return after the rain;

English Revised Version
or ever the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars, be darkened, and the clouds return after the rain:

Webster's Bible Translation
While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, are not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

World English Bible
Before the sun, the light, the moon, and the stars are darkened, and the clouds return after the rain;

Young's Literal Translation
While that the sun is not darkened, and the light, And the moon, and the stars, And the thick clouds returned after the rain.
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; 3in the day that the watchmen of the house tremble, and mighty men stoop, the grinding ones stand idle because they are few, and those who look through windows grow dim;…
Cross References
Matthew 24:29
Immediately after the tribulation of those days: 'The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.'

Psalm 90:10
As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away.

Isaiah 5:30
And it will growl over it in that day like the roaring of the sea. If one looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress; Even the light is darkened by its clouds.

Isaiah 13:10
For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light.

Ezekiel 32:7
"And when I extinguish you, I will cover the heavens and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud And the moon will not give its light.

Ezekiel 32:8
"All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken over you And will set darkness on your land," Declares the Lord GOD.

Joel 3:15
The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.
Treasury of Scripture

While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

the sun

Ecclesiastes 11:7,8 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes …

Genesis 27:1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, …

Genesis 48:10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. …

1 Samuel 3:2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, …

1 Samuel 4:15,18 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that …

nor

Psalm 42:7 Deep calls to deep at the noise of your waterspouts: all your waves …

Psalm 71:20 You, which have showed me great and sore troubles, shall quicken …

Psalm 77:16 The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you; they were afraid: …

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