Ecclesiastes 12:6-14 NIV

6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well,
7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

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8 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.a“Everything is meaningless!”

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    • o 12:8 - Or "the leader of the assembly" ; also in verses 9 and 10

      The Conclusion of the Matter

      9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.

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      10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

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      11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd.b

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        • p 12:11 - Or "Shepherd"
          12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

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          13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

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          14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

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