Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

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Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

NLT 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. NIV 9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. NLT 10 The Teacher sought to find just the right words to express truths clearly. NIV 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true. NLT 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. NIV 11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one Shepherd. NLT 12 But, my child, let me give you some further advice: Be careful, for writing books is endless, and much study wears you out. NIV 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. NLT 13 That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. NIV 13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. NLT 14 God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad. NIV 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.