Ecclesiastes 12:13

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Let vs heare the conclusion of the whole matter: Feare God, and keepe his commandements, for this is the whole duetie of man.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The conclusion, when all has been heard, {is:} fear God and keep His commandments, because this {applies to} every person.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

`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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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

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

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
- Webster's 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.
- World English Bible

The end of the whole matter let us hear: -- `Fear God, and keep His commands, for this [is] the whole of man.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The end of the matter, all having been heard: fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole man.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 12:13


12:13 The conclusion - The sum of all that hath been said or written by wise men. Fear God - Which is put here, for all the inward worship of God, reverence, and love, and trust, and a devotedness of heart to serve and please him. The whole - It is his whole work and business, his whole perfection and happiness; it is the sum of what he need either know, or do, or enjoy.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 12

  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Verse 7. The believer. This first death that all of us die is Temporary. Body=flesh
  • John newsome
    I think it is the whole bible in one . All things is in this book. All other books are useless.
  • Lu2677
    Deacon, God does not loan us a soul, your soul is YOU.
    "will he find it worthy to keep?" Read Mathew 7:21-24. And
    If you are deceived and follow the teachings of false teachers, if you do not have faith, if you do not have a love of the Truth, etc., you are not saved, if you are not saved you cannot please God; you will not enter His kingdom.
  • Rochelle
    God created us to worship him so that is our soul purpose we are here on this earth. But since sometimes we choose to do our own thing cause us much pain.
  • Sam
    very good verse.
  • Patricia Cancelliere
    I love your inspirational pictures but I wanted to share on FB and this site will not allow me. Do you know what I've learned from social media? What I have learned is If you right the Word it is seen by only a few but if you put the Word on a picture such as this, the Word is seen and shared. What a world we live in. God Bless Patricia Cancelliere aka EJ Cole