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then man’s[a] dust will go back to the earth,
    returning to what it was,
        and the spirit[b] will return to the God who gave it.

“Utterly pointless,” says the Teacher.
    “Everything is pointless.”


Moreover, besides being wise himself, the Teacher taught people what he had learned by listening, making inquiries, and composing many proverbs.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 12:7 The Heb. lacks man’s
  2. Ecclesiastes 12:7 Or the breath of life

and the dust returns(A) to the ground it came from,
    and the spirit returns to God(B) who gave it.(C)

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.[a](D)
    “Everything is meaningless!(E)

The Conclusion of the Matter

Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.(F)

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  1. Ecclesiastes 12:8 Or the leader of the assembly; also in verses 9 and 10

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