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.
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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The spirit - i. e., The spirit separated unto God from the body at death. No more is said here of its future destiny. To return to God, who is the fountain Psalm 36:9 of Life, certainly means to continue to live. The doctrine of life after death is implied here as in Exodus 3:6 (compare Mark 12:26), Psalm 17:15 (see the note), and in many other passages of Scripture earlier than the age of Solomon. The inference that the soul loses its personality and is absorbed into something else has no warrant in this or any other statement in this book, and would be inconsistent with the announcement of a judgment after death Ecclesiastes 12:14.
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:
And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, "Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT." Having said this, He breathed His last.
They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"
By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return."
But they fell on their faces and said, "O God, God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will You be angry with the entire congregation?"
"May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation,
"If He should determine to do so, If He should gather to Himself His spirit and His breath,
All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.
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