Ecclesiastes 12:9-14New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
Have Respect for God and Obey His Commandments
9 The Teacher was wise. He gave knowledge to people. He tried out many proverbs. He thought about them carefully. Then he wrote them down in order. 10 He did his best to find just the right words. And what he wrote was honest and true.
11 The sayings of those who are wise move people to take action. Their collected sayings are like nails pounded in firm and deep. These sayings are given to us by one shepherd. 12 My son, be careful not to pay attention to anything added to them.
Books will never stop being written. Too much studying makes people tired.
13 Everything has now been heard. And here’s the final thing I want to say. Have respect for God and obey his commandments. This is what he expects of all human beings. 14 God will judge everything people do. That includes everything they try to hide. He’ll judge everything, whether it’s good or evil.
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