Parallel Verses

Amplified

All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God's providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.

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 Version

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Holman Bible

When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity.

International Standard Version

Let the conclusion of all of these thoughts be heard: Fear God and obey his commandments, for this is what it means to be human.

A Conservative Version

[This is] the end of the matter, all has been heard: Fear God, and keep his commandments, for this is the whole of man.

American Standard Version

This is the end of the matter; all hath been heard: fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.

Bible in Basic English

This is the last word. All has been said. Have fear of God and keep his laws; because this is right for every man.

Darby Translation

Let us hear the end of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole of man.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

The conclusion of the entire sermon is heard: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole happiness of man.

Julia Smith Translation

We will hear the end of all the word: Fear thou God, and watch his commands: for this is all man.

King James 2000

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Now that all has been heard, here is the final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commandments, for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.

Modern King James verseion

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and keep His commandments. For this is the whole duty of man.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Let us hear the conclusion of all things: Fear God, and keep his commandments, for that toucheth all men;

NET Bible

Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion: Fear God and keep his commandments, because this is the whole duty of man.

New Heart 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.

The Emphasized Bible

The conclusion of the matter - the whole, let us hear, - Towards God, be reverent, and, his commandments, observe, for, this, concerneth all mankind.

Webster

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty 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.

Youngs Literal Translation

The end of the whole matter let us hear: -- 'Fear God, and keep His commands, for this is the whole of man.

Verse Picture

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
סוף 
Cowph 
Usage: 5

of the whole matter
דּבר 
Dabar 
Usage: 1438

God
אלהים 
'elohiym 
Usage: 2600

and keep
שׁמר 
Shamar 
Usage: 468

מצוה 
Mitsvah 
Usage: 181

Devotionals

Devotionals about Ecclesiastes 12:13

References

Hastings

Watsons

Images Ecclesiastes 12:13

Context Readings

Epilogue

12 But about going further [than the words given by one Shepherd], my son, be warned. Of making many books there is no end [so do not believe everything you read], and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 13 All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God's providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good or evil.


Cross References

Deuteronomy 10:12

And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you but [reverently] to fear the Lord your God, [that is] to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being,

Ecclesiastes 5:7

For in a multitude of dreams there is futility and worthlessness, and ruin in a flood of words. But [reverently] fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is].

Deuteronomy 6:2

That you may [reverently] fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son's son, and keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.

Ecclesiastes 8:12

Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and his days [seemingly] are prolonged [in his wickedness], yet surely I know that it will be well with those who [reverently] fear God, who revere and worship Him, realizing His continual presence.

Genesis 22:12

And He said, Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear and revere God, since you have not held back from Me or begrudged giving Me your son, your only son.

Deuteronomy 4:2

You shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Job 28:28

But to man He said, Behold, the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord -- "that is Wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Psalm 111:10-1

The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever.

Psalm 115:13-15

He will bless those who reverently and worshipfully fear the Lord, both small and great.

Psalm 145:19

He will fulfill the desires of those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He also will hear their cry and will save them.

Psalm 147:11

The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy and loving-kindness.

Proverbs 1:7

The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.

Proverbs 19:23

The reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied; he cannot be visited with [actual] evil.

Proverbs 23:17

Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord all the day long.

Ecclesiastes 2:3

I searched in my mind how to cheer my body with wine -- "yet at the same time having my mind hold its course and guide me with [human] wisdom -- "and how to lay hold of folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.

Ecclesiastes 6:12

For who [ limited to human wisdom] knows what is good for man in his life, all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow [going through the motions but accomplishing nothing]? For who can tell a man what will happen [to his work, his treasure, his plans] under the sun after he is gone?

Micah 6:8

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?

Luke 1:50

And His mercy (His compassion and kindness toward the miserable and afflicted) is on those who fear Him with godly reverence, from generation to generation and age to age.

1 Peter 2:17

Show respect for all men [treat them honorably]. Love the brotherhood (the Christian fraternity of which Christ is the Head). Reverence God. Honor the emperor.

Revelation 19:5

Then from the throne there came a voice, saying, Praise our God, all you servants of His, you who reverence Him, both small and great!

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