Parallel Verses

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 And further, my son, be admonished by these: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.


Cross References

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, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

Ecclesiastes 5:7

For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also many vanities: but you fear God.

Deuteronomy 6:2

That you might fear the LORD your God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, you, and your son, and your son's son, 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 are prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, who fear before him:

Genesis 22:12

And he said, Lay not your hand upon the lad, neither do you anything unto him: for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me.

Deuteronomy 4:2

You shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall you take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Job 28:28

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Psalm 111:10-1

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endures forever.

Psalm 115:13-15

He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

Psalm 145:19

He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

Psalm 147:11

The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 19:23

The fear of the LORD leads to life: and he that has it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Proverbs 23:17

Let not your heart envy sinners: but be in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

Ecclesiastes 2:3

I sought in my heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting my heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men, which they should do under heaven all the days of their life.

Ecclesiastes 6:12

For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends like a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?

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 mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Luke 1:50

And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

1 Peter 2:17

Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

Revelation 19:5

And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all you his servants, and you that fear him, both small and great.

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