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

  • Dean COOPER o
    As one dies so do we all the question is where do we spend eternity?
  • Crystal knighton
    A loved one passed away and I have been asking God to show me why this happened. He led me here
  • Richard Ankrah for verse 11
    It is satifying to know that God has hidden the mystery of how He created all things and continually does HIS things to His glory alone least man may boast of imitating what God has done.At His own time, place, how, when and who He chooses is what man cannot understand it. Esther was a Jew but God changed her status just like Joseph, Jabez, Daniel and all those known in the Bible. Whatever God had done does not make sense to man and so will it be.
  • April Sims for verse 15
    ..."already has been. nation against nation." ..."that which is to be already has been." Sodom and Gomorrah. "and God will call the Pass to account" He will allow the history to repeat itself.
  • Truly indeed as of now no one people is looking for the heart of Jesus Christ except to those people to has a calling of Him.our world is to much panished by Him in Jeremiah 5:3 clearly says in Jeremiah we are hard headed we are continuously doing what is in good to our self, we do see for God goodness because we love our flesh of the sin.flesh that created a sin in us. the Lord God's commandent to us: my dear brethrens in Christ we must turn away from the evils works or any evils form we must aware for his do in us and take a looked of Jesus Christ heart. hold this verse so that we have a strong hold on our God.use it in every daily life's. Proverbs 3:5-6. Thrust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge HIM, and HE direct you thy paths. now it's time you to look at the heart of Christ Jesus and when the time you found it,tell to others so they also looking for what Jesus did on the Cross of Calvary. God bless everyone.
  • Bright Emmanuel
    God times is the best, no matter what devils has done. We need to wait till God finish what he started in Us

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