Ecclesiastes 12:8-14 NIV

8 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher.a1 "Everything is meaningless!2"

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    • a 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 also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.3

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      10 The Teacher4 searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.5

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      11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails6--given by one Shepherd.

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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.7

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      13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God8 and keep his commandments,9 for this is the whole [duty] of man.10

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      14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,11 including every hidden thing,12 whether it is good or evil.

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