Ecclesiastes 12:12
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New International Version
Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

New Living Translation
But, my child, let me give you some further advice: Be careful, for writing books is endless, and much study wears you out.

English Standard Version
My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

New American Standard Bible
But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.

King James Bible
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But beyond these, my son, be warned: there is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body.

International Standard Version
So learn from them, my son. There is no end to the crafting of many books, and too much study wearies the body.

NET Bible
Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. There is no end to the making of many books, and much study is exhausting to the body.

New Heart English Bible
Furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be warned, my children, against anything more than these. People never stop writing books. Too much studying will wear out your body.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

New American Standard 1977
But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My son, in addition to this, be admonished: of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

King James 2000 Bible
And further, my son, be admonished by these: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

American King James Version
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
More than these, my son, require not. Of making many books there is no end: and much study is an affliction of the flesh.

Darby Bible Translation
And besides, my son, be warned by them: of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

World English Bible
Furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Young's Literal Translation
And further, from these, my son, be warned; the making of many books hath no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
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
11The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. 12But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. 13The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.…
Cross References
1 Kings 4:32
He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.

Ecclesiastes 1:18
Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.
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