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ESV — Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

Fear God and Keep His Commandments

Besides being wise, nthe Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging omany proverbs with great care. 10 nThe Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.

11 pThe words of the wise are like goads, and like qnails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are rgiven by sone Shepherd. 12 My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making umany books there is no end, and vmuch study is a weariness of the flesh.

13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. wFear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.1 14 For xGod will bring every deed into judgment, with2 every secret thing, whether good or evil.

Footnotes

[1] 12:13 Or the duty of all mankind
[2] 12:14 Or into the judgment on