Ecclesiastes 12:12
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.

Berean Study Bible
But beyond these, my son, be warned: There is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body.

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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
My child, I warn you to stay away from any teachings except these. There is no end to books, and too much study will wear you out.

Good News Translation
My child, there is something else to watch out for. There is no end to the writing of books, and too much study will wear you out.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And moreover, my son, guard thyself by means of them: 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.
Study Bible
The Fear of God is Utmost
11The words of the wise are like goads, and the anthologies of the masters are like firmly embedded nails driven by a single Shepherd. 12But beyond these, my son, be warned: There is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body. 13When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this is the whole duty of man.…
Cross References
1 Kings 4:32
Solomon composed three thousand proverbs, and his songs numbered a thousand and five.

Ecclesiastes 1:18
For with much wisdom comes much sorrow, and as knowledge grows, grief increases.

Treasury of Scripture

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.

by these

Luke 16:29-31
Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them…

John 5:39
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

John 20:31
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

study

Ecclesiastes 1:18
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.







Lexicon
But beyond
וְיֹתֵ֥ר (wə·yō·ṯêr)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3148: Superiority, advantage, excess

these,
מֵהֵ֖מָּה (mê·hêm·māh)
Preposition-m | Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They

my son,
בְּנִ֣י (bə·nî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

be warned:
הִזָּהֵ֑ר (hiz·zā·hêr)
Verb - Nifal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2094: To gleam, to enlighten

There is no
אֵ֣ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

end
קֵ֔ץ (qêṣ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7093: An extremity, after

to the making
עֲשׂ֨וֹת (‘ă·śō·wṯ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

of many
הַרְבֵּה֙ (har·bêh)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

books,
סְפָרִ֤ים (sə·p̄ā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5612: A missive, document, writing, book

and much
הַרְבֵּ֖ה (har·bêh)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

study
וְלַ֥הַג (wə·la·haḡ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3854: Intense mental application

wearies
יְגִעַ֥ת (yə·ḡi·‘aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3024: Wearying

the body.
בָּשָֽׂר׃ (bā·śār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1320: Flesh, body, person, the pudenda of a, man
(12) Study.--The word occurs here only in the Old Testament; but is not a Talmudic word.

Verses 12-14. - The author warns against profitless study, and gives the final conclusion to which the whole discussion leads. Verse 12. - And further, by these, my son, be admonished; rather, and what is more than these, be warned. Besides all that has been said, take this additional and important caution, viz. what follows. The clause, however, has been differently interpreted, as if it said, "Do not attempt to go beyond the words of the sages mentioned above; or, "Be content with my counsels; they will suffice for your instruction." This seems to be the meaning of the Authorized Version. The personal address, "my son," so usual in the Book of Proverbs, is used by Koheleth in this place alone. It does not necessarily imply relationship (as if the pseudo-Solomon was appealing to Rehoboam), but rather the condition of pupil and learner, sitting at the feet of his teacher and friend. Of malting many books there is no end. This could not be said in the time of the historical Solomon, even if we reckon his own voluminous works (1 Kings 4:32, 33); for we know of no other writers of that date, and it is tolerably certain that none existed in Palestine. But we need not suppose that Koheleth is referring to extraneous heathen productions, of which, in our view, there is no evidence that he possessed any special knowledge. Doubtless many thinkers in his time had treated of the problems discussed in his volume in a far different manner from that herein employed, and it seemed good to utter a warning against the unprofitable reading of such productions. Juvenal speaks of the insatiable passion for writing in his day ('Sat.,' 7:51) -

"Tenet insanabile multos
Scribendi cacoethes et aegro in corde senestit;"


which Dryden renders -

"The charms of poetry our souls bewitch;
The curse of writing is an endless itch."
As in taking food it is not the quantity which a man eats, but what he digests and assimilates, that nourishes him, so in reading, the rule, Non multa, sed multum, must be observed; the gorging the literary appetite on food wholesome or not impedes the healthy mental process, and produces no intellectual growth or strength. The obvious lesson drawn by spiritual writers is that Christians should make God's Word their chief study, "turning away from the profane babblings and oppositions of the knowledge which is falsely so called" (1 Timothy 6:20). For as St. Augustine says ('De Doctr. Christ.'), "Whereas in Holy Scripture you will find everything which has been profitably said elsewhere, to a far greater extent you will therein find what has been nowhere else enunciated, but which has been taught solely by the marvelous sublimity and the equally marvelous humility of the Word of God." Much study is a weariness of the flesh. The two clauses in the latter part of the verse are co-ordinate. Thus the Septuagint, Τοῦ ποιῆσαι βιβλία πολλὰ οὐκ ἔστι περασμὸς καὶ μελέτη πολλὴ κόπωσις ("weariness") σαρκός. The word for "study" (lahag) is not found elsewhere in the Old Testament, nor in the Talmud, but the above meaning is sustained by its connection with an Arabic word signifying "to be eager for." The Vulgate (like the Septuagint) renders it meditatio. You may weary your brain, exhaust your strength, by protracted study or meditation on many books, but you will not necessarily thereby gain any insight into the problems of the universe or guidance for daily life. Marcus Aurelius dissuades from much reading: "Would you examine your whole composition?" he says; "pray, then let your library alone; what need you puzzle your thoughts and over-grasp yourself?" Again, "As for books, never be over-eager about them; such a fondness for reading will be apt to perplex your mind, and make you die unpleased" ('Medit.,' 2:2, 3, Collier). So Ben-Sira affirms, "The finding out of parables is a wearisome Labor of the mind" (Ecclus. 13:26). 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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