The Creator is to be remembered in the days of our youth: all worldly things are vain: we should fear God and keep his commandments.
1 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:
Memento Creatoris tui in diebus juventutis tuae, antequam veniat tempus afflictionis, et appropinquent anni de quibus dicas : Non mihi placent;
2 Before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars be darkened, and the clouds return after the rain:
antequam tenebrescat sol, et lumen, et luna, et stellae, et revertantur nubes post pluviam;
3 When the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall stagger, and the grinders shall be idle in a small number, and they that look through the holes shall be darkened:
quando commovebuntur custodes domus, et nutabunt viri fortissimi, et otiosae erunt molentes in minuto numero, et tenebrescent videntes per foramina;
4 And they shall shut the doors in the street, when the grinder's voice shall be low, and they shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall grow deaf.
et claudent ostia in platea, in humilitate vocis molentis, et consurgent ad vocem volucris, et obsurdescent omnes filiae carminis :
5 And they shall fear high things, and they shall be afraid in the way, the almond tree shall flourish, the locust shall be made fat, and the caper tree shall be destroyed: because man shall go into the house of his eternity, and the mourners shall go round about in the street.
excelsa quoque timebunt, et formidabunt in via. Florebit amygdalus, impinguabitur locusta, et dissipabitur capparis, quoniam ibit homo in domum aeternitatis suae, et circuibunt in platea plangentes.
6 Before the silver cord be broken, and the golden fillet shrink back, and the pitcher be crushed at the fountain, and the wheel be broken upon the cistern,
Antequam rumpatur funiculus argenteus, et recurrat vitta aurea, et conteratur hydria super fontem, et confringatur rota super cisternam,
7 And the dust return into its earth, from whence it was, and the spirit return to God, who gave it.
et revertatur pulvis in terram suam unde erat, et spiritus redeat ad Deum, qui dedit illum.
8 Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes, and all things are vanity.
Vanitas vanitatum, dixit Ecclesiastes, et omnia vanitas.
9 And whereas Ecclesiastes was very wise, he taught the people, and declared the things that he had done: and seeking out, he set forth many parables.
Cumque esset sapientissimus Ecclesiastes, docuit populum, et enarravit quae fecerat; et investigans composuit parabolas multas.
10 He sought profitable words, and wrote words most right, and full of truth.
Quaesivit verba utilia, et conscripsit sermones rectissimos ac veritate plenos.
11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails deeply fastened in, which by the counsel of masters are given from one shepherd.
Verba sapientium sicut stimuli, et quasi clavi in altum defixi, quae per magistrorum consilium data sunt a pastore uno.
12 More than these, my son, require not. Of making many books there is no end: and much study is an affliction of the flesh.
His amplius, fili mi, ne requiras. Faciendi plures libros nullus est finis; frequensque meditatio, carnis afflictio est.
13 Let us all hear together the conclusion of the discourse. Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is all man:
Finem loquendi pariter omnes audiamus. Deum time, et mandata ejus observa : hoc est enim omnis homo,
14 And all things that are done, God will bring into judgment for every error, whether it be good or evil.
et cuncta quae fiunt adducet Deus in judicium pro omni errato, sive bonum, sive malum illud sit.