New American Standard Bible
But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.
King James Bible
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
Darby Bible Translation
And besides, my son, be warned by them: of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
World English Bible
Furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
Young's Literal Translation
And further, from these, my son, be warned; the making of many books hath no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
By these - i. e., "By the words of wise men."
Books - Rather, "Writings." Probably the proverbs current in the Preacher's age, including, though not especially indicating, his own.
The Preacher protests against the folly of protracted, unprofitable, meditation.
LibraryCircumstances and Consequences
And fears shall be in the way.' (Ecclesiastes xii. 5.) The man who wrote these words was specially emphasizing the importance of settling one's relationships to the great Creator before the coming of days when infirmities increase, and decay of natural powers sets in. The practical outcome of that thought is, that postponement only adds to one's difficulties when the battle really has to be fought. Amongst those difficulties the sacred writer places that natural foreboding, physical shrinking …
T. H. Howard—Standards of Life and Service
Obedience to God the Way to Faith in Christ.
The Christian Man
The Heavenly Footman; Or, a Description of the Man that Gets to Heaven:
1 Kings 4:32
He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.
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