New International Version
and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns 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.
Darby Bible Translation
and the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit return unto 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.
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God -
5. Putrefaction and solution take place; the whole mass becomes decomposed, and in process of time is reduced to dust, from which it was originally made; while the spirit, הרוח haruach, that spirit, which God at first breathed into the nostrils of man, when he in consequence became a Living Soul, an intelligent, rational, discoursing animal, returns to God who gave it. Here the wise man makes a most evident distinction between the body and the soul: they are not the same; they are not both matter. The body, which is matter, returns to dust, its original; but the spirit, which is immaterial, returns to God. It is impossible that two natures can be more distinct, or more emphatically distinguished. The author of this book was not a materialist.
Thus ends this affecting, yet elegant and finished, picture of Old Age and Death. See a description of old age similar, but much inferior, to this, in the Agamemnon of Aeschylus, 5:76-82.
It has been often remarked that the circulation of the blood, which has been deemed a modern discovery by our countryman Dr. Harvey, in 1616, was known to Solomon, or whoever was the author of this book: the fountains, cisterns, pitcher, and wheel, giving sufficient countenance to the conclusion.
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'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; 2. While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain; 3. In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4. And the doors shall be shut in …
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The Ancestral Home
A Prayer when one Begins to be Sick.
Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."
But Moses and Aaron fell facedown and cried out, "O God, the God who gives breath to all living things, will you be angry with the entire assembly when only one man sins?"
"May the LORD, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community
If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,
all humanity would perish together and mankind would return to the dust.
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