Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 NIV

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.1

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10 The Teacher2 searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.3

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11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails4--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.5

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13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God6 and keep his commandments,7 for this is the whole [duty] of man.8

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14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,9 including every hidden thing,10 whether it is good or evil.

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