9 A further word: Because Kohelet was a sage, he continued to instruct the people. He listened to and tested the soundness of many maxims.
v’-yo-TAYR she-ha-YAH ko-HE-let kha-KHAM OD li-mad DA-at et ha-AM v’-i-ZAYN v’-khi-KAYR ti-KAYN m’-sha-LEEM har-BAY
ט וְיֹתֵר שֶׁהָיָה קֹהֶלֶת חָכָם עוֹד לִמַּד־דַּעַת אֶת־הָעָם וְאִזֵּן וְחִקֵּר תִּקֵּן מְשָׁלִים הַרְבֵּה׃
12:9 He listened
The Hebrew word izayn (איזן), translated here as ‘listened,’ is related to the words ozen (אוזן), ‘ear,’ and moznayim (מאזנים), ‘scale.’ Commentators note that King Shlomo’s greatness was not that he heard and internalized much wisdom, but that he was also able to present it clearly, so that others could hear and understand it as well. Additionally, King Shlomo calculated and weighed the ideas presented to him in order to arrive at the ultimate truth. The deeper connection between the Hebrew words ozen and moznayim reflect the biological fact that the ear not only receives sound, but also aids a person’s balance and equilibrium.