Respect and Obey God
9 I was a wise teacher with much understanding, and I collected a number of proverbs that I had carefully studied. 10 Then I tried to explain these things in the best and most accurate way.
11 Words of wisdom are like the stick a farmer uses to make animals move. These sayings come from a shepherd, and they are like nails that fasten things together. 12 My child, I warn you to stay away from any teachings except these.
There is no end to books, and too much study will wear you out.
13 Everything you were taught can be put into a few words:
Respect and obey God! This is what life is all about.
14 God will judge everything we do, even what is done in secret, whether good or bad.