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.a

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      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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