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Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

12:5 which is high. The fear of heights suggests the danger of falling; fear of being “in the way” implies inability to protect oneself.

12:5 almond tree. The “almond tree” represents the white hair of age; the aged one is easily irritated, even by the chirping of a grasshopper, and sexual desire fails.

12:5 long home. Finally death comes, and the life, like the light in a “golden bowl” hanging by a “silver cord,” goes out.

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