Fear God and Keep His Commandments

Ecclesiastes 12

9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and j set 1 in order many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find 2 acceptable words; and what was written was upright - words of truth.

11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of 3 scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. 12 And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and k much study is wearisome to the flesh.

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
l Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man's all.
14 For m God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.

  1. Cross References
    1 Kings 4:32
    He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five.
  2. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 1:18
    For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
  3. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 6:2
    That you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.
    Deuteronomy 10:12
    And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
    Micah 6:8
    He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
  4. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 11:9
    Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let yo...
    Matthew 12:36
    But I say to you that for every idle word men m...
    Acts 17:30
    Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked,...
    Acts 17:31
    "because He has appointed a day on which He wil...
    Romans 2:16
    In the day when God will judge the secrets of m...
    1 Corinthians 4:5
    Therefore judge nothing before the time, until ...
    2 Corinthians 5:10
    For we must all appear before the judgment seat...
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