The Bible in Its Traditions

Ecclesiastes 12:9–14

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And besides that Koheleth was wise, he also taught the people knowledge; yea, he pondered, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

And because the Preacher was wise above others, so it was that he taught man excellent knowledge, and the ear will trace out the parables.

And since Ecclesiastes was very wise, he taught the people, and he described what he had accomplished. And while searching, he composed many parables.

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10  Koheleth sought to find out words of delight, and that which was written uprightly, even words of truth.

10  The Preacher sought diligently to find out acceptable words, and a correct writing, even words of truth.

10  He sought useful words, and he wrote most righteous words, which were full of truth.

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11  The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails well fastened are those that are composed in collections; they are given from one shepherd.

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12  And furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

12  You should require no more than this, my son. For there is no end to the making of many books. And excessive study is an affliction to the flesh.

12  Furthermore, my son, take heed; of writing many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

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13  The end of the matter, all having been heard: fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole man.

13  Let us all listen together to the end of the discourse. Fear God, and observe his commandments. This is everything for man.

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14  For God shall bring every work into the judgment concerning every hidden thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.

14  And so, for all that is done and for each error, God will bring judgment: whether it was good or evil.