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 12:13

  • Able Jam for verse 13
    I was wondering what is not vanity and vexation of spirit but there it is 593
  • The fact that we didn 't create ourselves tells us there is a creator who created all the things that man cannot create and that is God.life is a phase.no one came with anything and no one will go with anything.if we understand this then there will be no need for envy.also if we understand that we have a creator who has laid out rules which aren 't even evil to begin with then we will be free as we will be walking in truth.and His commands are summed up in one word "Love " cos love will never hurt.and we ought to love God by keeping his commands John 14:15 and giving him worship of which loving Our neighbor is also one of his command.and where will the wars come from if we live in love? I learnt something from all the comments above.
  • Man must make it a duty to worship the Almighty for this is Man 's way of saying thank you God for creating me.
  • MockingBird for verse 13
    To fear God is to have a reverential trust in Him not to be afraid of Him but to have a fear of displeasing Him !! We do not get rewarded for our duty 's, although it is a Joy to do our duty unto our Lord . The Lord 's commandments are not grievious. God did not leave us alone we have Holy Spirit within guiding and directing our every step.
  • Brianna for verse 13
    duty or another translations put it as obligation.I think it is good to understand the meaning of the word Something you are bound to due out of a sense of duty. With that in mind, I think we have to admit that Jehovah God gives us alot of freedom in life. The one thing he requires of is too keep his commandments, and maintain a healthy fear of displeasing him. That is the whole duty of men. We were still created to enjoy life, raise a family if you choose to, pursue goals etc. etc. However, we must never forget we also have a duty to our Creator.
  • Tom H. Kauffung for verse 13
    Fear (reverence) God and keep His commandments, For this is the whole (completion of ) man.
    Keeping God's commandments gives us a relatonship with God, without which we are an incomplete being.