Ecclesiastes 12:9
New International Version
Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.

New Living Translation
Keep this in mind: The Teacher was considered wise, and he taught the people everything he knew. He listened carefully to many proverbs, studying and classifying them.

English Standard Version
Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care.

Berean Study Bible
Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also taught the people knowledge; he pondered, searched out, and arranged many proverbs.

King James Bible
And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

New King James Version
And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs.

New American Standard Bible
In addition to being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out, and arranged many proverbs.

NASB 1995
In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged many proverbs.

NASB 1977
In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged many proverbs.

Amplified Bible
Furthermore, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; and he pondered and searched out and arranged many proverbs.

Christian Standard Bible
In addition to the Teacher being a wise man, he constantly taught the people knowledge; he weighed, explored, and arranged many proverbs.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In addition to the Teacher being a wise man, he constantly taught the people knowledge; he weighed, explored, and arranged many proverbs.

American Standard Version
And further, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he pondered, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And moreover, because the Preacher was wise who had been teaching knowledge to the people, and he listened and he investigated and he has set in order many proverbs

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And because the Preacher was wise above others, so it was that he taught man excellent knowledge, and the ear will trace out the parables.

Contemporary English Version
I was a wise teacher with much understanding, and I collected a number of proverbs that I had carefully studied.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And 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.

Good News Translation
But because the Philosopher was wise, he kept on teaching the people what he knew. He studied proverbs and honestly tested their truth.

International Standard Version
Moreover, besides being wise himself, the Teacher taught people what he had learned by listening, making inquiries, and composing many proverbs.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And besides that Koheleth was wise, he also taught the people knowledge; yea, he pondered, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

Literal Standard Version
And further, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge, and gave ear, and sought out—he made right many allegories.

New American Bible
Besides being wise, Qoheleth taught the people knowledge, and weighed, scrutinized and arranged many proverbs.

NET Bible
Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also taught knowledge to the people; he carefully evaluated and arranged many proverbs.

New Revised Standard Version
Besides being wise, the Teacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs.

New Heart English Bible
Further, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge. Yes, he pondered, sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

World English Bible
Further, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge. Yes, he pondered, sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

Young's Literal Translation
And further, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge, and gave ear, and sought out -- he made right many similes.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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.…

Cross References
1 Kings 4:32
Solomon composed three thousand proverbs, and his songs numbered a thousand and five.

Proverbs 1:1
These are the proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel,


Treasury of Scripture

And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

1 Kings 8:12
Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

1 Kings 10:8
Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

he gave

1 Kings 4:32
And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

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

Proverbs 10:1
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.











(9) In the introduction I have stated my conviction that the epilogue which here follows is an integral part of the book. If so, it seems to me clear that the writer, who has up to this recorded the words of Koheleth, now speaks in his own name, and informs his readers that the preacher, whose teaching of the people he preserves, was also a writer, and the author of the well-known Proverbs.

Moreover.--This, the first word of the epilogue, is one of the specialties of the book of Ecclesiastes. (See Ecclesiastes 2:15.) So is also the word for "set in order" (Ecclesiastes 1:15; Ecclesiastes 7:13).

Verses 9-14. - THE EPILOGUE. This contains some observations commendatory of the author, explaining his standpoint and the object of the book, the great conclusion to which it leads. Verses 9-11. - Koheleth as teacher of wisdom. Verse 9. - And moreover; וְיֹתֵר; καὶ περισσόν (Septuagint); rather, with the following שֵׁ besides that. The Preacher was wise. If we render "because the Preacher was wise," we are making an unnecessary statement, as the whole book has demonstrated this fact, which goes without saying. What the writer here asserts is that Koheleth did not merely possess wisdom, but had made good use of it for the instruction of others. The author throws aside his disguise, and speaks of his object in composing the book, with a glance at the historical Solomon whom he had personated. That he uses the third person in relation to himself is nothing uncommon in historical memoirs, etc. Thus Daniel writes; and St. John, Thucydides, Xenophon, Caesar, mask their personality by dropping their identity with the author (comp. also Ecclesiastes 1:2; Ecclesiastes 7:27). The attestation that follows is compared with that at the end of St. John's Gospel (John 21:24), and is plainly intended to confirm the authority of the writer, and to enforce on the hearer the conviction that, though Solomon himself did not compose the work, it has every claim to receive attention, and possesses intrinsic value. He still taught the people knowledge. As well as being esteemed one of the company of sages, he further (od) took pains to instruct his contemporaries (τὸν ἄνθρωπον, Septuagint), to apply his wisdom to educational purposes. Yea, he gave good heed; literally, he weighed (like our word "ponder"); only thus used in this passage. It denotes the careful examination of every fact and argument before it was presented to the public. Sought out, and set in order many proverbs. There is no copula in the original; the weighing and the investigation issued in the composition of "proverbs," which term includes not only the wit and wisdom of past ages in the form of pithy sayings and apophthegms, but also parables, truths in metaphorical guise, riddles, instructions, allegories, etc., all those forms which are found in the canonical Book of Proverbs. The same word (mishle) is used here as in the title of that book. Koheleth, however, is not necessarily referring to that work (or to 1 Kings 4:29, etc.), or implying that he himself wrote it; he is only putting forth his claim to attention by showing his patient assiduity in the pursuit of wisdom, and how that he adopted a particular method of teaching. For the idea contained in the verb taqan, "to place or make straight" (Ecclesiastes 1:15; Ecclesiastes 7:13), applied to literary composition, Delitzsch compares the German word for" author" (Schriftsteller). The notion of the mashal being similitude, comparison, the writer's pondering and searching were needed to discover hidden analogies, and, by means of the known and familiar, to lead up to the more obscure and abstruse. The Septuagint has a curious and somewhat unintelligible rendering, Καὶ οϋς ἐξιχνιάσεται κόσμιον παραβολῶν, "And the ear will trace out the order of parables," which Schleusner translates, "elegantes parabolas."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Not only
וְיֹתֵ֕ר (wə·yō·ṯêr)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3148: Superiority, advantage, excess

was
שֶׁהָיָ֥ה (še·hā·yāh)
Pronoun - relative | Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

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

wise,
חָכָ֑ם (ḥā·ḵām)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2450: Wise

but he also
ע֗וֹד (‘ō·wḏ)
Adverb
Strong's 5750: Iteration, continuance, again, repeatedly, still, more

taught
לִמַּד־ (lim·maḏ-)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3925: To exercise in, learn

the people
הָעָ֔ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

knowledge;
דַּ֙עַת֙ (da·‘aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1847: Knowledge

he pondered,
וְאִזֵּ֣ן (wə·’iz·zên)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 238: To broaden out the ear, to listen

searched out,
וְחִקֵּ֔ר (wə·ḥiq·qêr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2713: To penetrate, to examine intimately

and arranged
תִּקֵּ֖ן (tiq·qên)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 8626: To equalize, straighten, to compose

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

proverbs.
מְשָׁלִ֥ים (mə·šā·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4912: A pithy maxim, a simile


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