Ecclesiastes 12:5
when men fear the heights and dangers of the road, when the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper loses its spring, and the caper berry shrivels--for then man goes to his eternal home, and mourners walk the streets.
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the almond

Genesis 42:38
But Jacob replied, "My son will not go down there with you, for his brother is dead, and he alone is left. If any harm comes to him on your journey, you will bring my gray hairs down to Sheol in sorrow."

Genesis 44:29, 31
So if you take this one from me as well and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow.' . . .

Leviticus 19:32
You are to rise in the presence of the elderly, honor the aged, and fear your God. I am the LORD.

Job 15:10
Both the gray-haired and the aged are on our side--men much older than your father.

Psalm 71:18
Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, until I proclaim Your power to the next generation, Your might to all who are to come.

Proverbs 16:31
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is attained along the path of righteousness.

Proverbs 20:29
The glory of young men is their strength, and gray hair is the splendor of the old.

Isaiah 46:4
Even to your old age, I will be the same, and I will bear you up when you turn gray. I have made you, and I will carry you; I will sustain you and deliver you.

Jeremiah 1:11
And the word of the LORD came to me, asking, "What do you see, Jeremiah?" "I see a branch of an almond tree, " I replied.


Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might, for in Sheol, where you are going, there is no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.

Job 17:13
If I look for Sheol as my home, if I spread out my bed in darkness,

Job 30:23
Yes, I know that You will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living.

Psalm 49:10-14
For it is clear that wise men die, and the foolish and the senseless both perish and leave their wealth to others. . . .

Hebrews 9:27
Just as man is appointed to die once, and after that to face judgment,

the mourners

Genesis 50:3-10
taking the forty days required to complete the embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days. . . .

Jeremiah 9:17-20
This is what the LORD of Hosts says: "Take note, and summon the wailing women; send for the most skillful among them. . . .

Mark 5:38, 39
When they arrived at the house of Jairus, Jesus saw the commotion and the people weeping and wailing loudly. . . .

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New American Standard Bible
Furthermore, men are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street.

King James Bible
Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Also, they are afraid of heights and dangers on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper loses its spring, and the caper berry has no effect; for man is headed to his eternal home, and mourners will walk around in the street;

International Standard Version
At that time they will fear climbing heights and dangers along the road while the almond tree will blossom, and the grasshopper is weighed down. Desire will cease, because the person goes to his eternal home, and mourners will gather in the marketplace.

NET Bible
and they are afraid of heights and the dangers in the street; the almond blossoms grow white, and the grasshopper drags itself along, and the caper berry shrivels up--because man goes to his eternal home, and the mourners go about in the streets--
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