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:
Darby Bible Translation
before the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars, be darkened, and 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.
Ecclesiastes 12:2 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
While ... not - Or, Before. The darkening of the lights of heaven denotes a time of affliction and sadness. Compare Ezekiel 32:7-8; Job 3:9; Isaiah 5:30. Contrast this representation of old age with 2 Samuel 23:4-5.
LibraryCircumstances and Consequences
And fears shall be in the way.' (Ecclesiastes xii. 5.) The man who wrote these words was specially emphasizing the importance of settling one's relationships to the great Creator before the coming of days when infirmities increase, and decay of natural powers sets in. The practical outcome of that thought is, that postponement only adds to one's difficulties when the battle really has to be fought. Amongst those difficulties the sacred writer places that natural foreboding, physical shrinking …
T. H. Howard—Standards of Life and Service
Obedience to God the Way to Faith in Christ.
The Christian Man
The Heavenly Footman; Or, a Description of the Man that Gets to Heaven:
"But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken over you And will set darkness on your land," Declares the Lord GOD.
The sun and moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.
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