Ecclesiastes 12:10
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New International Version
The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

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

Darby Bible Translation
The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words; and that which was written is upright, 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.

Ecclesiastes 12:10 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He sought to find out acceptable words - דברי חפץ dibrey chephets, words of desire, words of will; the best, the most suitable words; those which the people could best understand. But these words were not such as might merely please the people; they were words of truth; such as came from God, and might lead them to him.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 has 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 increases learning...

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

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

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 your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge...

Luke 1:1-4 For as much as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...

John 3:11 Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and you receive not our witness.

Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

Library
The Conclusion of the Matter
'Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2. While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain; 3. In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4. And the doors shall be shut in
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Ancestral Home
John Van Nest Talmage was born at Somerville, New Jersey, August 18, 1819 He was the fourth son in a family of seven brothers and five sisters. The roots of the Talmage genealogical tree may be traced back to the year 1630, when Enos and Thomas Talmage, the progenitors of the Talmage family in North America, landed at Charlestown, Massachusetts, and afterwards settled at East Hampton, Long Island. Dr. Lyman Beecher represents the first settlers of East Hampton as "men resolute, enterprising, acquainted
Rev. John Gerardus Fagg—Forty Years in South China

A Prayer when one Begins to be Sick.
O most righteous Judge, yet in Jesus Christ my gracious Father! I, wretched sinner, do here return unto thee, though driven with pain and sickness, like the prodigal child with want and hunger. I acknowledge that this sickness and pain comes not by blind chance or fortune, but by thy divine providence and special appointment. It is the stroke of thy heavy hand, which my sins have justly deserved; and the things that I feared are now fallen upon me (Job iii. 25.) Yet do I well perceive that in wrath
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Solomon's Repentance
Twice during Solomon's reign the Lord had appeared to him with words of approval and counsel--in the night vision at Gibeon, when the promise of wisdom, riches, and honor was accompanied by an admonition to remain humble and obedient; and after the dedication of the temple, when once more the Lord exhorted him to faithfulness. Plain were the admonitions, wonderful the promises, given to Solomon; yet of him who in circumstances, in character, and in life seemed abundantly fitted to heed the charge
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Proverbs 10:32
The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.

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

Proverbs 22:21
teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?

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