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and the doors will be shut in the street;
when the sound of the grinding is low,
and one will rise up at the voice of a bird,
and all the daughters of music will be brought low; Bible

“doors will be shut...sound of grinding is low.” This is likely referring to the fact that in old age a person’s hearing begins to fail, and it seems as if everyone in the village has their doors shut and the joyful sound of grinding grain cannot be heard like it used to be.

“the daughters of music will be brought low.” This may still refer to an aged person’s failing hearing, or more likely that the strength of the voice begins to fail.


Commentary for: Ecclesiastes 12:4