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Ecclesiastes 12:7-9 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the breath[a] returns to God who gave it. Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher;[b] all is vanity.

Epilogue

Besides being wise, the Teacher[c] also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs.

Footnotes:

  1. Ecclesiastes 12:7 Or the spirit
  2. Ecclesiastes 12:8 Qoheleth, traditionally rendered Preacher
  3. Ecclesiastes 12:9 Qoheleth, traditionally rendered Preacher
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

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Ecclesiastes 12:7-9 New International Version (NIV)

and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
    and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.[a]
    “Everything is meaningless!

The Conclusion of the Matter

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.

Footnotes:

  1. Ecclesiastes 12:8 Or the leader of the assembly; also in verses 9 and 10
New International Version (NIV)

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