Ecclesiastes 12:10
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.

Berean Study Bible
The Teacher searched to find delightful sayings and to record accurate 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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The Preacher sought diligently to find out acceptable words, and a correct writing, 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.
Study Bible
The Fear of God is Utmost
9Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also taught the people knowledge; he pondered, searched out, and arranged many proverbs. 10The Teacher searched to find delightful sayings and to record accurate words of truth. 11The words of the wise are like goads, and the anthologies of the masters are like firmly embedded nails driven by a single Shepherd.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:32
The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked is perverse.

Proverbs 22:20
Have I not written for you thirty sayings about counsel and knowledge,

Proverbs 22:21
to show you true and reliable words, so that you can give sound answers to those who sent you?

Treasury of Scripture

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

preacher

Ecclesiastes 1:1,12
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem…

acceptable words

Proverbs 15:23,26
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! …

Proverbs 16:21-24
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning…

Proverbs 25:11,12
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver…

written

Proverbs 1:1-6
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; …

Proverbs 8:6-10
Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things…

Proverbs 22:17-21
Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge…







Lexicon
The Teacher
קֹהֶ֔לֶת (qō·he·leṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6953: Preacher -- 'a collector (of sentences)', 'a preacher', a son of David

searched
בִּקֵּ֣שׁ (biq·qêš)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

to find
לִמְצֹ֖א (lim·ṣō)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

delightful
חֵ֑פֶץ (ḥê·p̄eṣ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2656: Pleasure, desire, a valuable thing, a matter

sayings
דִּבְרֵי־ (diḇ·rê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

and to record
וְכָת֥וּב (wə·ḵā·ṯūḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3789: To grave, to write

accurate
יֹ֖שֶׁר (yō·šer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3476: Straightness, uprightness

words
דִּבְרֵ֥י (diḇ·rê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

of truth.
אֱמֶֽת׃ (’ĕ·meṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness
Verse 10. - The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words; literally, words of delight; λόγους θελήματος (Septuagint); verba utilia (Vulgate); so Aquila, λόγους χρείας. The word chephets, "pleasure," occurs in Ecclesiastes 5:4; Ecclesiastes 12:1. Thus we have "stones of pleasure" (Isaiah 54:12). He added the grace of refined diction to the solid sense of his utterances. Plumptre reminds us of the "gracious words" (λόγοις τῆς χάριτος, Luke 4:22) which proceeded from the mouth of him who, being the Incarnate Wisdom of God, was indeed greater than Solomon. On the necessity of a work being attractive as well as conforming to literary rules, Horace long ago wrote ('Ars Poet.,' 99) -

"Non satis est pulchra esse poemata; dulcia sunto,
Et quoeunque volent animum auditoris agunto."


"'Tis not enough that poems faultless be,
And fair; let them be tender too, and draw
The hearer by the cord of sympathy."
St. Augustine is copious on this subject in his treatise, 'De Doctr. Christ.;' thus (4:26): "Proinde ilia tria, ut intelligant qui audiunt, ut delectentur, ut obediant, etiam in hoc genere agendum est, ubi tenet delectatio principatum .... Sed quis movetur, si nescit quod dicitur? Ant quis tenetur ut audiat, si non delectatur?" And that which was written was upright, even words of truth. The Authorized Version, with its interpolations, does not accurately convey the sense of the original. The sentence is to be regarded as containing phrases in apposition to the "acceptable words" of the first clause; thus: "Koheleth sought to discover words of pleasure, and a writing in sincerity, words of truth. 'The Septuagint has, καὶ γεγραμμένον εὐθύτητος, "a writing of uprightness;" Vulgate, et conscripsit sermones rectissimos. The meaning is that what he wrote had two characteristics - it was sincere, that which he really thought and believed, and it was true objectively. If any reader was disposed to cavil, and to depreciate the worth of the treatise because it was not the genuine work of the celebrated Solomon, the writer claims attention to his production on the ground of its intrinsic qualities, as inspired by the same wisdom which animated his great predecessor. 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.
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