The Conclusion of the Matter

Ecclesiastes 12:9–14 (NKJV)

9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. 12 And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
14 For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.

This summary passage speaks of Solomon’s great knowledge and wisdom, and his continued pursuit of truth and wisdom.  In his pursuit, he founded and offered to others the teachings of one Great Shepherd.  The reader is admonished to heed and abide by this wisdom.  However, one great truth overrides all wisdom: Fear God and keep His commandments.  God will one day judge us all.  Therefore, fearing Him and obeying Him is the only way to find peace and reward in that day.  Love and fear God.  Live with Him and live for Him.  This is wise path to peace!

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