Ecclesiastes 12:13
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New International Version
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

New Living Translation
That's the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone's duty.

English Standard Version
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

New American Standard Bible
The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.

King James Bible
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity.

International Standard Version
Let the conclusion of all of these thoughts be heard: Fear God and obey his commandments, for this is what it means to be human.

NET Bible
Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion: Fear God and keep his commandments, because this is the whole duty of man.

New Heart English Bible
This is the end of the matter. All has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After having heard it all, this is the conclusion: Fear God, and keep his commands, because this applies to everyone.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The end of the matter, all having been heard: fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole man.

New American Standard 1977
The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The conclusion of the entire sermon is heard: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole happiness of man.

King James 2000 Bible
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

American King James Version
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

American Standard Version
This is the end of the matter; all hath been heard: fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let us all hear together the conclusion of the discourse. Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is all man:

Darby Bible Translation
Let us hear the end of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole of man.

English Revised Version
This is the end of the matter; all hath been heard: fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

World English Bible
This is the end of the matter. All has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.

Young's Literal Translation
The end of the whole matter let us hear: -- 'Fear God, and keep His commands, for this is the whole of man.
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
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. 14For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:2
"You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Deuteronomy 6:2
so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.

Deuteronomy 10:12
"Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

1 Samuel 12:24
"Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.

Job 28:28
"And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.'"

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Ecclesiastes 2:3
I explored with my mind how to stimulate my body with wine while my mind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of folly, until I could see what good there is for the sons of men to do under heaven the few years of their lives.

Ecclesiastes 3:14
I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.

Ecclesiastes 5:7
For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God.
Treasury of Scripture

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

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Ecclesiastes 5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers …

Ecclesiastes 8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, …

Genesis 22:12 And he said, Lay not your hand on the lad, neither do you any thing …

Deuteronomy 6:2 That you might fear the LORD your God, to keep all his statutes and …

Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but …

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding …

Psalm 112:1 Praise you the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that …

Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear …

Psalm 147:11 The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise …

Proverbs 23:28 She also lies in wait as for a prey, and increases the transgressors among men.

Psalm 115:13-15 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great…

Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD tends to life: and he that has it shall abide …

Luke 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

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