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Ecclesiastes 12:14

    Ecclesiastes 12:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    God will be judge of every work, with every secret thing, good or evil.

    Webster's Revision

    For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

    World English Bible

    For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 12:14

    For God shall bring every work into judgment - This is the reason why we should "fear God and keep his commandments."

    1. Because there will be a day of judgment.

    2. Every soul of man shall stand at that bar.

    3. God, the infinitely wise, the heart-searching God, will be judge.

    4. He will bring to light every secret thing - all that has been done since the creation, by all men; whether forgotten or registered; whether done in secret or in public.

    5. All the works of the godly, as well as all the works of the wicked, shall be judged in that day; the good which the godly strove to conceal, as well as the evil which the wicked endeavored to hide.

    This, then, will be the conclusion of the whole mortal story. And although in this world all is vanity; yet there, "vanities will be vain no more." Every thing whether good or evil, will have its own proper stable, eternal result. O God! prepare the reader to give up his accounts with joy in that day! Amen.

    Masoretic Notes

    Number of verses, 222.

    Middle verse, Ecclesiastes 6:10.

    Sections, 4.

    The Arabic subjoins this colophon: - "Praise be to God for ever and ever!"

    "By the assistance of the Most High God this book of Ecclesiastes, which is vanity of vanities, written by Solomon the son of David who reigned over the children of Israel, is completed."

    The Syriac has, "The end of the book of Koheleth."

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    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 12:14

    Judgment with - Rather, judgment (which shall be held) upon etc.: i. e., an appointed judgment which shall take place in another world, as distinct from that retribution which frequently follows man's actions in the course of this world, and which is too imperfect (compare Ecclesiastes 2:15; Ecclesiastes 4:1; Ecclesiastes 7:15; Ecclesiastes 9:2, ...) to be described by these expressions. He that is fully convinced that there is no solid happiness to be found in this world, and that there is a world to come wherein God will adjudge people to happiness or misery respectively, as they have made their choice and acted here, must necessarily subscribe to the truth of Solomon's conclusion, that true religion is the only way to true happiness.

    Wesley's Notes on Ecclesiastes 12:14

    12:14 For - All men must give an account to God of all their works, and this alone will enable them to do that with joy. Every secret - Not only outward and visible actions, but even inward and secret thoughts.