Ecclesiastes 12:10
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New International Version
The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

New Living Translation
The Teacher sought to find just the right words to express truths clearly.

English Standard Version
The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.

New American Standard Bible
The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.

King James Bible
The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and write words of truth accurately.

International Standard Version
The Teacher searched to find appropriate expressions, and what is written here is right and truthful.

NET Bible
The Teacher sought to find delightful words, and to write accurately truthful sayings.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The spokesman tried to find just the right words. He wrote the words of truth very carefully.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Koheleth sought to find out words of delight, and that which was written uprightly, even words of truth.

New American Standard 1977
The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The preacher sought to find willing words and upright writings, even words of truth.

King James 2000 Bible
The preacher sought to find acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

American King James Version
The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

American Standard Version
The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words, and that which was written uprightly, even words of truth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He sought profitable words, and wrote words most right, and full of truth.

Darby Bible Translation
The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words; and that which was written is upright, words of truth.

English Revised Version
The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words, and that which was written uprightly, even words of truth.

Webster's Bible Translation
The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

World English Bible
The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words, and that which was written blamelessly, words of truth.

Young's Literal Translation
The preacher sought to find out pleasing words, and, written by the upright, words of truth.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:8-14 Solomon repeats his text, VANITY OF VANITIES, ALL IS VANITY. These are the words of one that could speak by dear-bought experience of the vanity of the world, which can do nothing to ease men of the burden of sin. As he considered the worth of souls, he gave good heed to what he spake and wrote; words of truth will always be acceptable words. The truths of God are as goads to such as are dull and draw back, and nails to such as are wandering and draw aside; means to establish the heart, that we may never sit loose to our duty, nor be taken from it. The Shepherd of Israel is the Giver of inspired wisdom. Teachers and guides all receive their communications from him. The title is applied in Scripture to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The prophets sought diligently, what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. To write many books was not suited to the shortness of human life, and would be weariness to the writer, and to the reader; and then was much more so to both than it is now. All things would be vanity and vexation, except they led to this conclusion, That to fear God, and keep his commandments, is the whole of man. The fear of God includes in it all the affections of the soul towards him, which are produced by the Holy Spirit. There may be terror where there is no love, nay, where there is hatred. But this is different from the gracious fear of God, as the feelings of an affectionate child. The fear of God, is often put for the whole of true religion in the heart, and includes its practical results in the life. Let us attend to the one thing needful, and now come to him as a merciful Saviour, who will soon come as an almighty Judge, when he will bring to light the things of darkness, and manifest the counsels of all hearts. Why does God record in his word, that ALL IS VANITY, but to keep us from deceiving ourselves to our ruin? He makes our duty to be our interest. May it be graven in all our hearts. Fear God, and keep his commandments, for this is all that concerns man.
Study Bible
The Fear of God is Utmost
9In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged many proverbs. 10The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly. 11The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:32
The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted.

Proverbs 22:20
Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,

Proverbs 22:21
To make you know the certainty of the words of truth That you may correctly answer him who sent you?
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