Ecclesiastes 12:13
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.

Berean Study Bible
When 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.

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.

New King James Version
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.

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

NASB 1995
The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.

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

Amplified Bible
When all has been heard, the end of the matter is: fear God [worship Him with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is almighty God] and keep His commandments, for this applies to every person.

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

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.

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The end of the matter in its sum: listen to everything and be in awe before LORD JEHOVAH, and keep his commandments, for this is of One Craftsman which is given to every person

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Hear the end of the matter, the sun: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole man.

Contemporary English Version
Everything you were taught can be put into a few words: Respect and obey God! This is what life is all about.

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

Good News Translation
After all this, there is only one thing to say: Have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that we were created for.

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.

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

Literal Standard Version
The end of the whole matter let us hear: “Fear God, and keep His commands, for this [is] the whole of man.

New American Bible
The last word, when all is heard: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this concerns all humankind;

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

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Fear of God is Utmost
12And by these, my son, be further 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. 14For God will bring every deed into judgment, along with every hidden thing, whether good or evil.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:2
You must not add to or subtract from what I command you, so that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I am giving you.

Deuteronomy 6:2
so that you and your children and grandchildren may fear the LORD your God all the days of your lives by keeping all His statutes and commandments that I give you, and so that your days may be prolonged.

Deuteronomy 10:12
And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God by walking in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

1 Samuel 12:24
Above all, fear the LORD and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you.

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

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts gain rich understanding. His praise endures forever!

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.


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 vanities: but fear thou God.

Ecclesiastes 8:12
Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:

Genesis 22:12
And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.











(13) Whole duty of man.--Rather, the duty of every man. The sacred writer practically anticipates the teaching of Romans 3:29.

Verse 13. - The teaching of the whole book is now gathered up in two weighty sentences. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. The Revised Version gives, This is the end of the matter; all hath been heard. The Septuagint has, Τέλος λόγου τὸ πᾶν ἄκουε, "The end of the matter, the sum, hear thou;" Vulgate, Finem loquendi pariter omnes audiamus. Another rendering is suggested, "The conclusion of the matter is this, that [God] taketh knowledge of all things;" literally, "everything is heard." Perhaps the passage is best translated, The end of the matter, when all is heard, is this. The first word of this verse, soph, "end," is printed in the Hebrew text in large characters, in order to draw attention to the importance of what is coming. And its significance is rightly estimated. These two verses guard against very possible misconception, and give the author's real and mature conclusion. When this is received, all that need be said has been uttered. Fear God (ha-Elohim), and keep his commandments. This injunction is the practical result of the whole discussion. Amid the difficulties of the moral government of the world, amid the complications of society, varying and opposing interests and claims, one duty remained plain and unchanging - the duty of piety and obedience. For this is the whole duty of man. The Hebrew is literally, "This is every man," which is explained to mean, "This is every man's duty." Septuagint, Ὅτι τοῦτο πᾶς ὁ ἄνθρωπος: Vulgate, Hoc est enim omnis homo. For this man was made and placed in the world; this is his real object, the chief good which he has to seek, and which alone will secure contentment and happiness. The obligation is put in the most general terms as applicable to the whole human family; for God is not the God of the Jews only, but of Gentiles also (Romans 3:29).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
When all
הַכֹּ֣ל (hak·kōl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

has been heard,
נִשְׁמָ֑ע (niš·mā‘)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

the conclusion
ס֥וֹף (sō·wp̄)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5490: A termination

of the matter [is this]:
דָּבָ֖ר (dā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

Fear
יְרָא֙ (yə·rā)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten

God
הָאֱלֹהִ֤ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

and
וְאֶת־ (wə·’eṯ-)
Conjunctive waw | Direct object marker
Strong's 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

keep
שְׁמ֔וֹר (šə·mō·wr)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

His commandments,
מִצְוֺתָ֣יו (miṣ·wō·ṯāw)
Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 4687: Commandment

because
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

this is
זֶ֖ה (zeh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 2088: This, that

the whole
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

[duty] of man.
הָאָדָֽם׃ (hā·’ā·ḏām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being


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