Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whatsoeuer thy hand findeth to doe, doe it with thy might: for there is no worke, nor deuice, nor knowledge, nor wisedome in the graue, whither thou goest.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Whatever your hand finds to do, do {it} with {all} your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do `it' with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Sheol, whither thou goest.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Whatever comes to your hand to do with all your power, do it because there is no work, or thought, or knowledge, or wisdom in the place of the dead to which you are going.
- Basic English Bible

Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Sheol, whither thou goest.
- Darby Bible

Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
- Webster's Bible

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Sheol, where you are going.
- World English Bible

All that thy hand findeth to do, with thy power do, for there is no work, and device, and knowledge, and wisdom in Sheol whither thou art going.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Whatsoever thy hand attaineth to do by thy strength, that do; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 9:10


9:10 Whatsoever - Whatever thou hast opportunity and ability to do, do it with unwearied diligence, and vigour and expedition. For - Thou canst neither design nor act any thing there tending to thy own comfort or advantage.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 9

  • Michael C.
    11-12>The Preacher writes about what natural man thinks determines all his life's purpose and success. Right up to the day of the cataclysm and catastrophe as if life would just go on indefinitely, the world is busy about everything else but the condition of their soul with God. The things that are highly esteemed of men are abomination in the sight of God. Faith and obedience is greatness to God.
  • Sheila M Robinson
    Yes, God took the wisdom of this world and made it foolish. That's how awesome our God is!
  • Lu2677
    It does not look like "a little city" is the "world" because in V. 14; there is nothing here that describes the world. "few men" "a king came against it", "and built great bulwarks against it". And the "Poor man" cannot be Jesus because in V.15 it says"yet, no man remembered that same poor man."Would like to see scripture that calls Satan a "king". He is referred to as the "Prince of darkness"
  • Aaron STJ
    Verses 9 to the last verse:
    The "little city" being talked about is the world,"the great king" is the devil and the "poor wise man"is Jesus.The devil managed to separate man away from God but Jesus,as poor as He was,using His wisdom,managed to overcome the devil and took back man (the little city) near God.
  • Sree regan
    GOD is so grteat he has created a man and women for his glory so we should always honor the commendements of the lord jesus christ our lord we should be an example before god and people thanku all glory to god
  • Means that life is not predetermined but everything happens with time and circumstances

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