ECCLESIASTES 12:13

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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

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Ecclesiastes 12:13 Translation & Meaning

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Let us hear נִשְׁמָ֑ע To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) Let hear
the conclusion ס֥וֹף A termination conclusion
of the whole הַכֹּ֣ל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) whole
matter: דָּבָ֖ר A word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause matter
Fear יְרָא֙ To fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten Fear
God, הָאֱלֹהִ֤ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
and keep שְׁמ֔וֹר Properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e., guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc keep
his commandments: מִצְוֹתָ֣יו A command, whether human or divine (collectively, the Law) commandments
for כִּי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
this זֶ֖ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that this
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the whole כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) whole
duty (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
of man. הָאָדָֽם׃ Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man

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  • 11  The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

  • 12  And further, by these, my son, be admonished: 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, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.




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