Ecclesiastes 12:10
Good News Translation
The Philosopher tried to find comforting words, but the words he wrote were honest.

New Revised Standard Version
The Teacher sought to find pleasing words, and he wrote words of truth plainly.

Contemporary English Version
Then I tried to explain these things in the best and most accurate way.

New American Bible
Qoheleth sought to find appropriate sayings, and to write down true sayings with precision.

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

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He sought profitable words, and wrote words most right, and full of truth.


Ecclesiastes 1:1,12 The words of Ecclesiastes, the son of David, king of Jerusalem. . . .

acceptable words

Proverbs 15:23,26 A man rejoiceth in the sentence of his mouth: and a word in due time is best. . . .

Proverbs 16:21-24 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and he that is sweet in words, shall attain to greater things. . . .

Proverbs 25:11,12 To speak a word in due time, is like apples of gold on beds of silver. . . .

1 Timothy 1:15 A faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief.


Proverbs 1:1-6 To know wisdom, and instruction: . . .

Proverbs 8:6-10 My mouth shall meditate truth, and my lips shall hate wickedness. . . .

Proverbs 22:17-21 Incline thy ear, and hear the words of the wise: and apply thy heart to my doctrine: . . .

Luke 1:1-4 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a narration of the things that have been accomplished among us, . . .

John 3:11 Amen, amen, I say to thee that we speak what we know and we testify what we have seen: and you receive not our testimony.

Colossians 1:5 For the hope that is laid up for you in heaven, which you have heard in the word of the truth of the gospel,

The Fear of God is Utmost
9And whereas Ecclesiastes was very wise, he taught the people, and declared the things that he had done: and seeking out, he set forth many parables. 10He sought profitable words, and wrote words most right, and full of truth.11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails deeply fastened in, which by the counsel of masters are given from one shepherd.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:32
A deceitful balance is an abomination before the Lord: and a just weight is his will.

Proverbs 22:20
Behold I have described it to thee three manner of ways, in thoughts and knowledge:

Proverbs 22:21
That I might shew thee the certainty, and the words of truth, to answer out of these to them that sent thee.

Ecclesiastes 12:9
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