Ecclesiastes 9:11

“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I returned, and saw vnder the Sunne, That the race is not to the swift, nor the battell to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of vnderstanding, nor yet fauour to men of skil; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And again I saw under the sun that the reward goes not to him who is quick, or the fruits of war to the strong; and there is no bread for the wise, or wealth for men of learning, or respect for those who have knowledge; but time and chance come to all.
- Basic English Bible

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to the intelligent, nor yet favour to men of knowledge; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
- Darby Bible

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
- Webster's Bible

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.
- World English Bible

I have turned so as to see under the sun, that not to the swift [is] the race, nor to the mighty the battle, nor even to the wise bread, nor even to the intelligent wealth, nor even to the skilful grace, for time and chance happen with them all.
- Youngs Literal Bible

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 9:11


9:11 But time - There are times or seasons, casual to men, but known by God, in which alone he will give men success.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 9

  • 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
  • Godwin Simeon Umoh for verse 15
    Ecclesiates 9:15 If one should look at the characteristic of WISDOM and also the end-product of WISDOM, one will come to understand the fact that one of the products of WISDOM is UPLIFTMENT or PROMOTION.But in this case the writer shouldn 't have ascribed the word WISDOM to the poor man in question. The man was not a man of WISDOM from biblical perspectives.For instance, JUDGES 11:1-11 but was knowledgeabl in that regard. I therefore, do not try to oppos or contradict that biblical illustrations of this story,but rather giving a clearer differentiation between, 1, being KNOWLEDGEABLE, 2, and being fill or full of WISDOM.I do not equally subscribe to or mean that one should try to get his or her rewards through mental or diplomatic manipulation but in most cases we should learn to lean on GOD just as in the case of Mordecai in the book of ESTHER 2:21-23.
  • Asesela
    We are in the last day now. Only God 's Grace that keeps us going. Without God 's Grace we can not achieve great things from God.

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