9 Keep this in mind: The Teacher was considered wise, and he taught the people everything he knew. He listened carefully to many proverbs, studying and classifying them.
10 The Teacher sought to find just the right words to express truths clearly.

References for Ecclesiastes 12:10

    • a 12:10 - Or sought to write what was upright and true.
      11 The words of the wise are like cattle prods—painful but helpful. Their collected sayings are like a nail-studded stick with which a shepherd drives the sheep.

      References for Ecclesiastes 12:11

        • b 12:11 - Or one shepherd.
          12 But, my child, let me give you some further advice: Be careful, for writing books is endless, and much study wears you out.

          References for Ecclesiastes 12:12

            • c 12:12 - Hebrew my son.
              13 That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.
              14 God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.