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in the day when the keepers of the house tremble
and the strong men bow themselves,
and the grinders cease because they are few,
and those who look out of the windows are darkened, Bible

“in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men bow themselves.” The meaning of this phrase is not stated in the text, but contextually it could well be that the “keepers of the house” are the arms, which are constantly moving to keep the house running, while the “strong men” are the legs that are relied upon to carry the heavy loads of life from place to place.

“the grinders cease because they are few.” The “grinders,” the teeth, become fewer and fewer with age.


Commentary for: Ecclesiastes 12:3