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Ecclesiastes 12:13 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

13 [a]The last word, when all is heard: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this concerns all humankind;

Footnotes:

  1. 12:13–14 These words reaffirm traditional wisdom doctrine such as fear of God and faithful obedience, perhaps lest some of the more extreme statements of the author be misunderstood. Although the epilogue has been interpreted as a criticism of the book’s author, it is really a summary that betrays the unruffled spirit of later sages, who were not shocked by Qoheleth’s statements. They honored him as a hakam or sage (v. 9), even as they preserved his statements about the futility of life (v. 8), and the mystery of divine judgment (8:17; 11:5).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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Ecclesiastes 12:13 New International Version (NIV)

13 Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
    for this is the duty of all mankind.

New International Version (NIV)

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Ecclesiastes 12:13 King James Version (KJV)

13 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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