Bible: Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

Concluding Epilogue: Qoheleth’s Advice is Wise

12:9 Not only was the Teacher wise, 1 

but he also taught knowledge to the people;

he carefully evaluated 2  and arranged 3  many proverbs.

12:10 The Teacher sought to find delightful 4  words,

and to write 5  accurately truthful sayings. 6 

12:11 The words of the sages are like prods, 7 

and the collected sayings are like firmly fixed nails;

they are given by one shepherd.

Concluding Exhortation: Fear God and Obey His Commands!

12:12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. 8 

There is no end to the making 9  of many books,

and much study is exhausting to the body. 10 

12:13 Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion: 11 

Fear God and keep his commandments,

because this is the whole duty 12  of man.

12:14 For God will evaluate every deed, 13 

including every secret thing, whether good or evil.

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