The End of the Matter
“How was it??” It’s the question you ask your teenager on his return from a monumental, once-in-a-lifetime experience. While he was away, you imagined the fun he would have, the lessons he would learn, the heartbreak he might experience. You imagined the trials and fears that brought him to the edge of panic, the deepness of his sleep because he was so tired, the new foods and flavors he discovered, the new insights in life he gained from looking at the world through a different cultural lens, and his weariness upon return. You anticipate an engaging conversation. Instead, he simply replies. “It was great, dad.” And so it was. And that is that.
Solomon has climbed the heights of materialism, explored the forests of pleasure, descended into the depths of existentialism, traversed the range of life experiences commenting along the way of the importance of wisdom as well as its vaporous nature and when it comes down to the bottom line, the end of the matter, he gives us the teenager’s concise description.
13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
This is the what we are to take away from this book: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.