Ecclesiastes 12:7
New International Version
and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

New Living Translation
For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

English Standard Version
and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Berean Study Bible
before the dust returns to the ground from which it came, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

New American Standard Bible
then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

King James Bible
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

Christian Standard Bible
and the dust returns to the earth as it once was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Contemporary English Version
So our bodies return to the earth, and the life-giving breath returns to God.

Good News Translation
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and the dust returns to the earth as it once was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it."

International Standard Version
then man's dust will go back to the earth, returning to what it was, and the spirit will return to the God who gave it.

NET Bible
and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the life's breath returns to God who gave it.

New Heart English Bible
and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the dust [of mortals] goes back to the ground as it was before, and the breath of life goes back to God who gave it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the dust returneth to the earth as it was, And the spirit returneth unto God who gave it.

New American Standard 1977
then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and the dust returns to the earth as it was before and the spirit returns unto God who gave it.

King James 2000 Bible
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

American King James Version
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.

American Standard Version
and the dust returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit returneth unto God who gave it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the dust return into its earth, from whence it was, and the spirit return to God, who gave it.

Darby Bible Translation
and the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit return unto God who gave it.

English Revised Version
and the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit return unto God who gave it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.

World English Bible
and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Young's Literal Translation
And the dust returneth to the earth as it was, And the spirit returneth to God who gave it.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Remember Your Creator
6Remember Him before the silver cord is snapped, and the golden bowl is crushed, before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel is broken at the well, 7before the dust returns to the ground from which it came, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. 8“Futility of futilities,” says the Teacher. “Everything is futile!”…
Cross References
Luke 23:46
Then Jesus called out in a loud voice, "Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit." And when He had said this, He breathed His last.

Acts 7:59
While they were stoning him, Stephen appealed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

Genesis 3:19
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your bread, until you return to the ground--because out of it were you taken. For dust you are, and to dust you shall return."

Numbers 16:22
But Moses and Aaron fell facedown and said, "O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will You vent Your wrath on the whole congregation?"

Numbers 27:16
"May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation

Job 34:14
If He were to set His heart to it and withdraw His Spirit and breath,

Job 34:15
all flesh would perish together and mankind would return to the dust.

Psalm 103:14
For He knows our frame; He is mindful that we are dust.

Psalm 104:29
When You hide Your face, they panic; when You take away their breath, they die and return to dust.

Psalm 146:4
When his spirit departs, he returns to the ground; on that very day his plans perish.

Ecclesiastes 3:20
All go to one place: All come from dust, and all return to dust.

Ecclesiastes 3:21
Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and the spirit of the animal descends into the earth?

Isaiah 57:16
For I will not accuse you forever, nor will I always be angry; for then the spirit of man would grow weak before Me, with the breath of those I have made.

Zechariah 12:1
An oracle of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. Thus declares the LORD, who stretches out the heavens and lays the foundation of the earth, who forms the spirit of man within him:

Treasury of Scripture

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.

dust

Ecclesiastes 3:20 All go to one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to …

Genesis 18:27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken on me to …

Job 4:19,20 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation …

Job 7:21 And why do you not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? …

Job 20:11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down …

Job 34:14,15 If he set his heart on man, if he gather to himself his spirit and his breath…

Psalm 90:3 You turn man to destruction; and say, Return, you children of men.

Psalm 146:4 His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day …

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, …

the spirit

Ecclesiastes 3:21 Who knows the spirit of man that goes upward, and the spirit of the …

God

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed …

Numbers 16:22 And they fell on their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits …

Numbers 27:16 Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over …

Isaiah 57:16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: …

Jeremiah 38:16 So Zedekiah the king swore secretly to Jeremiah, saying, As the LORD …

Zechariah 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, said the LORD, which …

Hebrews 12:9,23 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, …







Lexicon
[before] the dust
הֶעָפָ֛ר (he·‘ā·p̄ār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud

returns
וְיָשֹׁ֧ב (wə·yā·šōḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

to
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the ground
הָאָ֖רֶץ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

from which it came,
כְּשֶׁהָיָ֑ה (kə·še·hā·yāh)
Preposition-k, Pronoun - relative | Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

and the spirit
וְהָר֣וּחַ (wə·hā·rū·aḥ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

returns
תָּשׁ֔וּב (tā·šūḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

God
הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

who
אֲשֶׁ֥ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

gave it.
נְתָנָֽהּ׃ (nə·ṯā·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set
(7) The preacher has risen above the doubts of Ecclesiastes 3:21. (See also Genesis 3:19.)

Verse 7. - Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; rather, and the dust return, etc. - the sentence begun above being still carried on to the end of the verse. Here we are told what becomes of the complex man at death, and are thus led to the explanation of the allegorical language used throughout. Without metaphor now it is stated that the material body, when life is extinct, returns to that matter out of which it was originally made (Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:19; comp. Job 34:15; Psalm 104:29). So Siracides calls man "dust and ashes," and asserts that all things that are of the earth turn to the earth again (Ecclus. 10:9 Ecclus. 40:11). Soph., 'Electra,' 1158 -

Ἀντὶ φιλτάτης`ΝΛ´Μορφῆς σποδόν τε καὶ σκιὰν ἀνωφελῆ

"Instead of thy dear form,
Mere dust and idle shadow."
Corn. a Lapide quotes a remarkable parallel given by Plutarch ('Apol. ad Apollon.,' 110) from Epicharmus," Life is compounded and broken up, and again goes whence it came; earth indeed to earth, and the spirit to upper regions." And the spirit shall return unto God who gave it; or, for the spirit - the clause being no longer subjunctive, but speaking indicatively of fact. In the first clause the preposition "to" is עַל, in the second אֶל, as if to mark the distinction between the downward and the upward way. The writer now rises superior to the doubts expressed in Ecclesiastes 3:21 (where see note), "Who knoweth the spirit of man, whether it goeth upward," etc.? It is not that he contradicts himself in the two passages, as some suppose, and have hence regarded ver. 7 as an interpolation; but that after all discussion, after expressing the course of his perplexities, and the various phases of his thought, he comes to the conclusion that there is a future for the individual soul, and that it shall be brought into immediate connection with a personal God. There is here no thought of its being absorbed in the anima mundi, in accordance with the heathen view, which, if it believed dimly in an immortality, denied the personality of the soul (see Eurip., ' Suppl.,' 529-534; Lucret., 2. 998, sqq.; 3:455, sqq.). Nor have we any opinion given concerning the adverse doctrines of creationism and traducianism, though the terms used are most consistent with the former. God breathed into man's nostrils the breath of life; when this departs, he who gave receives it; God "gathereth in" man's breath (Psalm 104:29). The clause, taken in this restricted sense, would say nothing about the soul, the personal "I;" it would merely indicate the destination of the vital breath; and many critics are content to see nothing more in the words. But surely this would be a feeble conclusion of the author's wanderings; rather the sentence signifies that death, releasing the spirit, or soul, from the earthly tabernacle, places it in the more immediate presence of God, there, as the Targum paraphrases the passage, returning to stand in judgment before its Creator. 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.
Jump to Previous
Dust Earth Goes Ground Returneth Returns Spirit
Jump to Next
Dust Earth Goes Ground Returneth Returns Spirit
Links
Ecclesiastes 12:7 NIV
Ecclesiastes 12:7 NLT
Ecclesiastes 12:7 ESV
Ecclesiastes 12:7 NASB
Ecclesiastes 12:7 KJV

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Bible Apps
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Biblia Paralela
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Chinese Bible
Ecclesiastes 12:7 French Bible
Ecclesiastes 12:7 German Bible

Alphabetical: and as came dust earth from gave God ground it return returns spirit the then to was who will

OT Poetry: Ecclesiastes 12:7 And the dust returns to the earth (Ecclesiast. Ec Ecc Eccles.) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Ecclesiastes 12:6
Top of Page
Top of Page