Ecclesiastes 12:10
New International Version
The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

New Living Translation
The Teacher sought to find just the right words to express truths clearly.

English Standard Version
The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.

Berean Study Bible
The Teacher searched to find delightful sayings and to record accurate words of truth.

King James Bible
The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

New King James Version
The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth.

New American Standard Bible
The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.

NASB 1995
The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.

NASB 1977
The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.

Amplified Bible
The Preacher sought to find delightful words, even to write correctly words of truth.

Christian Standard Bible
The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and write words of truth accurately.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and write words of truth accurately.

American Standard Version
The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words, and that which was written uprightly, even words of truth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Preacher sought much to find statements of pleasure and he wrote in truth statements of truth

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The Preacher sought diligently to find out acceptable words, and a correct writing, even words of truth.

Contemporary English Version
Then I tried to explain these things in the best and most accurate way.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He sought profitable words, and wrote words most right, and full of truth.

English Revised Version
The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words, and that which was written uprightly, even words of truth.

Good News Translation
The Philosopher tried to find comforting words, but the words he wrote were honest.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The spokesman tried to find just the right words. He wrote the words of truth very carefully.

International Standard Version
The Teacher searched to find appropriate expressions, and what is written here is right and truthful.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Koheleth sought to find out words of delight, and that which was written uprightly, even words of truth.

Literal Standard Version
The preacher sought to find out pleasing words, and [that] written [by] the upright—words of truth.

NET Bible
The Teacher sought to find delightful words, and to write accurately truthful sayings.

New Heart English Bible
The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words, and that which was written blamelessly, words of truth.

World English Bible
The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words, and that which was written blamelessly, words of truth.

Young's Literal Translation
The preacher sought to find out pleasing words, and, written by the upright, words of truth.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Fear of God is Utmost
9Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also taught the people knowledge; he pondered, searched out, and arranged many proverbs. 10The Teacher searched to find delightful sayings and to record accurate words of truth. 11The words of the wise are like goads, and the anthologies of the masters are like firmly embedded nails driven by a single Shepherd.…

Cross References
Proverbs 10:32
The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked is perverse.

Proverbs 22:20
Have I not written for you thirty sayings about counsel and knowledge,

Proverbs 22:21
to show you true and reliable words, that you may soundly answer those who sent you?


Treasury of Scripture

The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

preacher

Ecclesiastes 1:1,12
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem…

acceptable words

Proverbs 15:23,26
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! …

Proverbs 16:21-24
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning…

Proverbs 25:11,12
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver…

written

Proverbs 1:1-6
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; …

Proverbs 8:6-10
Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things…

Proverbs 22:17-21
Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge…









Verse 10. - The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words; literally, words of delight; λόγους θελήματος (Septuagint); verba utilia (Vulgate); so Aquila, λόγους χρείας. The word chephets, "pleasure," occurs in Ecclesiastes 5:4; Ecclesiastes 12:1. Thus we have "stones of pleasure" (Isaiah 54:12). He added the grace of refined diction to the solid sense of his utterances. Plumptre reminds us of the "gracious words" (λόγοις τῆς χάριτος, Luke 4:22) which proceeded from the mouth of him who, being the Incarnate Wisdom of God, was indeed greater than Solomon. On the necessity of a work being attractive as well as conforming to literary rules, Horace long ago wrote ('Ars Poet.,' 99) -

"Non satis est pulchra esse poemata; dulcia sunto,
Et quoeunque volent animum auditoris agunto."

"'Tis not enough that poems faultless be,
And fair; let them be tender too, and draw
The hearer by the cord of sympathy."
St. Augustine is copious on this subject in his treatise, 'De Doctr. Christ.;' thus (4:26): "Proinde ilia tria, ut intelligant qui audiunt, ut delectentur, ut obediant, etiam in hoc genere agendum est, ubi tenet delectatio principatum .... Sed quis movetur, si nescit quod dicitur? Ant quis tenetur ut audiat, si non delectatur?" And that which was written was upright, even words of truth. The Authorized Version, with its interpolations, does not accurately convey the sense of the original. The sentence is to be regarded as containing phrases in apposition to the "acceptable words" of the first clause; thus: "Koheleth sought to discover words of pleasure, and a writing in sincerity, words of truth. 'The Septuagint has, καὶ γεγραμμένον εὐθύτητος, "a writing of uprightness;" Vulgate, et conscripsit sermones rectissimos. The meaning is that what he wrote had two characteristics - it was sincere, that which he really thought and believed, and it was true objectively. If any reader was disposed to cavil, and to depreciate the worth of the treatise because it was not the genuine work of the celebrated Solomon, the writer claims attention to his production on the ground of its intrinsic qualities, as inspired by the same wisdom which animated his great predecessor.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The Teacher
קֹהֶ֔לֶת (qō·he·leṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6953: Preacher -- 'a collector (of sentences)', 'a preacher', a son of David

searched
בִּקֵּ֣שׁ (biq·qêš)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1245: To search out, to strive after

to find
לִמְצֹ֖א (lim·ṣō)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

delightful
חֵ֑פֶץ (ḥê·p̄eṣ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2656: Pleasure, desire, a valuable thing, a matter

sayings
דִּבְרֵי־ (diḇ·rê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

and to record
וְכָת֥וּב (wə·ḵā·ṯūḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's 3789: To grave, to write

accurate
יֹ֖שֶׁר (yō·šer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3476: Straightness, uprightness

words
דִּבְרֵ֥י (diḇ·rê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

of truth.
אֱמֶֽת׃ (’ĕ·meṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness


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