New American Standard Bible
The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.
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.
Darby Bible Translation
Let us hear the end of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
literally, "The conclusion of the discourse" (or "word," equals words, Ecclesiastes 1:1), "the whole, let us hear."
The whole duty of man - Rather, the whole man. To revere God and to obey Him is the whole man, constitutes man's whole being; that only is conceded to Man; all other things, as this book teaches again and again, are dependent on a Higher Incomprehensible Being.
LibraryCircumstances and Consequences
And fears shall be in the way.' (Ecclesiastes xii. 5.) The man who wrote these words was specially emphasizing the importance of settling one's relationships to the great Creator before the coming of days when infirmities increase, and decay of natural powers sets in. The practical outcome of that thought is, that postponement only adds to one's difficulties when the battle really has to be fought. Amongst those difficulties the sacred writer places that natural foreboding, physical shrinking …
T. H. Howard—Standards of Life and Service
Obedience to God the Way to Faith in Christ.
The Christian Man
The Heavenly Footman; Or, a Description of the Man that Gets to Heaven:
"You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.
"Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
1 Samuel 12:24
"Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.
"And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.'"
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
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