Respect and Obey God9I was a wise teacher with much understanding, and I collected a number of proverbs that I had carefully studied. 10Then I tried to explain these things in the best and most accurate way.
11Words of wisdom are like the stick a farmer uses to make animals move. These sayings come from God, our only shepherd, and they are like nails that fasten things together. [b] 12My child, I warn you to stay away from any teachings except these. There is no end to books, and too much study will wear you out. 13Everything you were taught can be put into a few words:
Respect and obey God!
This is what life is all about.
14God will judge everything we do, even what is done in secret, whether good or bad.
-Ecclesiastes 12 (Comtemporary English Version)