Ecclesiastes 3:21

“Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth vpward; and the spirit of the beast that goeth downeward to the earth?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Who knoweth the spirit of man, whether it goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast, whether it goeth downward to the earth?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Who is certain that the spirit of the sons of men goes up to heaven, or that the spirit of the beasts goes down to the earth?
- Basic English Bible

Who knoweth the spirit of the children of men? Doth it go upwards? and the spirit of the beasts, doth it go downwards to the earth?
- Darby Bible

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
- Webster's Bible

Who knows the spirit of man, whether it goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, whether it goes downward to the earth?"
- World English Bible

Who knoweth the spirit of the sons of man that is going up on high, and the spirit of the beast that is going down below to the earth?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Who knoweth the spirit of man whether it goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast whether it goeth downward to the earth?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 3:21


3:21 Who knoweth? - True it is, there is a difference, which is known by good men; but the generality of mankind never mind it: their hearts are wholly set on present and sensible things, and take no thought for the things of the future and invisible world.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 3

  • Tosha
    It's comforting to know that God is in control. He gives us the strength for every season when we are His.
  • Prakash Rai
    God has filled whole space of time and eternity. He is the Master and the King and the Love. He knows how to teach his people during the course of their life on earth. He knows perfect season and the right time for his people. I say not only the earth but whole universe and even heavens are meant for the people of God. Yet, no one is worthy to condemn any individual. Stand on your perfect faith in the word of God until the end.
  • Nathaniel
    And it all depends on God's timing.
  • Lilian
    For God's thought is higher than our thoughts and his ways are higher than our ways neither our ways is his. God has appointed time to heal us and bless us for he is God who knows his time. Only his time will work perfectly . Thank you Jesus for everything. I love you and will trust you forever. Help me to be born again in spirit all the days of my life amen
  • Shewit Abraham
    Yea I agree and it is comforting to know God has ordained the time of every season and purpose. Helps me to look forward with the One who created me and knows me my inner most. My shepherd Jesus You lead me Along the green pastures and You restore my Soul and prepare a table in the presence of my enemies where you build me with faith and your Trust.Through your word. For faith comes by hearing your precious word as faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen.Amen Amen
  • Jackie hundley lorick
    There is a time and season for everything

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