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CONCLUSION PART 2: ECCLESIASTES 12:13-14

 

            Here we have the final word on happiness: Obey God and keeps his commands. Or, as the Shorter Catechism says, “Glorify God and enjoy him forever.”  

 

TEXT:

 

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

 

COMMENTARY: 

           

            So much of the first conclusion, the second follows:

            Touching the right means of true happiness in this world, treated of in the latter part of this book, the sum whereof and of this whole book is, that man’s perfect happiness so much sought after, stands only in the fear of God, and obedience of his commandments  Let us hear is the conclusion of the whole matter, touching this inquiry after true happiness, fear God, that is the first part and the root, and keep his commandments, this si the second part of blessedness and a fruit of the former, and in these two stands man’s whole duty, man’s whole happiness, For this is the whole duty of man, verse 14. 

            Which that we may do, Solomon adds a strong motive, from the judgment and sentence that God will pass upon all the action sof men, whether for the

 

                                                Open

                        Manner

                                                Secret

                                                           

 

                                                Good, or

                        Matter

                                                Evil

 

 

All must come under his strict examination and severe censure, For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil, verse 15.