Ecclesiastes 9:5

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For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

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Other Translations of Ecclesiastes 9:5

For the liuing know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither haue they any more a reward, for the memorie of them is forgotten.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The living are conscious that death will come to them, but the dead are not conscious of anything, and they no longer have a reward, because there is no memory of them.
- Basic English Bible

For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.
- Darby Bible

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
- Webster's Bible

For the living know that they will die, but the dead don't know anything, neither do they have any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
- World English Bible

For the living know that they die, and the dead know not anything, and there is no more to them a reward, for their remembrance hath been forgotten.
- Youngs Literal Bible

For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible


Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 9:5

9:5 Die - Whereby they are taught to improve life. Any thing - Of the actions and events of this world. Reward - The fruit of their labours in this world, are utterly lost as to them. Forgotten - Even in those places where they had lived in great power and glory.


Comments for Ecclesiastes 9:5

Melrose Greenham's comment on 2015-05-09 09:21:27:

I believe as the bible says the dead know nothing . If our love ones that have passed away are watching over us here on earth don 't you think they would be grieved at the way the world is today. And the bible tells us there would be no sorrow or tears in heaven


Carla Welch's comment on 2015-02-21 19:27:54:

Exactly what it says, the living are consciences they will die! But as for the dead, they are conscience of NOTHING! We are asleep in our Graves awaiting the resurrection, where we can give an account as to our life before judgment. No where does it say we are all floating around with our loved ones.


Grant's comment on 2015-01-11 20:45:24:

The wages of sin is death.Death is the oppisite of life.When Lazarus died, Jesus wept.When he was in the tomb for parts of 3 days and was resurrected by Jesus, why didnt Lazarus say "Hey Jesus, why did you bring me back? I was on my way to heaven man! No, he was dead, and the bible says he new nothing.


Kathy Jo Bryant's comment on 2014-11-05 07:47:27:

I believe the Bible means just what it says. All those who are alive, know that they will eventually die, but those who are dead, don 't know anything at all. One must compare scripture with scripture, to arrive at the truth. Ecclesiastes 12 7,Genesis 2 7,James 2 26,Job 27 3,Genesis 2 7,Ezekiel 18 20,Revelation 16 3,Job 4 17,1 Timothy 6 15,16,John 5 28, 29,Acts 2 29, 34,Job 17 13,Psalms 115 17,Ecclesiastes 9 5, 6, 10,Job 14 12, 21,Psalms 146 4,Job 14 12,2 Peter 3 10,Revelation 22 12,Thessalonians 4 16, 17,1 Corinthians 15 51 53,Genesis 3 4,Revelation 12 9,Exodus 7 11,1 Samuel 28 3 25,Daniel 2 2,Acts 16 16 18,Revelation 18 23,2 Corinthians 11 13,Revelation 16 14,Matthew 24 24,Revelation 13 13, 14,2 Corinthians 11 14,Matthew 24 23, 24,Acts 17 11,Isaiah 8 20,Leviticus 20 27,Luke 20 35, 36,Revelation 21 4,Psalms 104 29,Psalms 146 4,2 Kings 20 1,Job 17 13,Job 14 1, 2,Revelation 16 14,Matthew 24 24. If you want more on this verse, check out the following a m a z i n g f a c t s . o r g .'s comment on 2014-05-26 23:58:48:

And when I say experience life with GOd. I mean so we can live according to God 's orignal plan when he created Adam and Eve. Those who don 't make it to paradise WILL NOT LIVE. Jude 7 and 2 peter 2 6 makes it pretty clear that everlasting fire is clearly symbolic for destruction. Not to mention all the other times fire was used to destroy. Aka sodom and gomorrah's comment on 2014-05-26 23:54:53:

Mstlpflx If your implying that the dead knowing nothing, does not literally mean that in this case in the way you present it. Then that would mean the the righteous do know things. But there is no distinction made between the good and bad in this case. David himself FELL ASLEEP in death. Acts 13 36. If you think about it, death mean exactly what it implies. DEATH. If the dead are conscious, then they are not dead. The soul that sins dies. It doesn 't get transferred to life sentence prison. It DIES. It will not live anymore. Christ died so that we can live. He didn 't die so we can be transferred from the Paradise in the rich man parable to another paradise. He died so that we can experience life with God.


JBall's comment on 2014-04-09 23:14:36:

I have been studying Jesus,ible for the past two weeks anddemise,red on this page. I am going to agree with the person who stated we are not to ponder on the demise who is gone. I lost my mom last year and if someone else feels like me I made it a habit to speak to my mom daily, but the LORD is my first preference for the day. I will remember from now on you should not pray to the demise, not sure about speaking or telling how much you Miss them? Me as well love Christ Jesus my Heavenly Father!


Amber's comment on 2014-03-19 23:39:20:

I have been studying for two years straight using multiple Bibles my conclusion is that the Bible is incomplete due to religious and political pressure and it is perfectly OK to question many things in the Bible and God LOVES us and will help us in the times we need Him most during LIFE as a mortal and after death whatever our state is and after the resurrection which he will give us our glorified bodies beleive it or not God wants us to have as many chances as possible to follow Him read scripture in ANY Bible this is true and it is ultimately up to us if we want to be subject to His awesome rules and laws because He is the Almighty and only wants the best for us Please dispute this if you like but I really don t think anyone in any religion or thought would really want to disagree if they REALLY want to know about God and whatever he has for us other than those who refuse the possibility of anything much wiser outside of themselves I LOVE God and everything about Him knowing that He loves me and I am worth it even though I feel I don t deserve His everlasting love


Anonymous's comment on 2014-01-22 07:50:06:

According to Godís Word, while people are alive, they are aware of death. When death occurs, however, they are aware of nothing. In nonexistence there is neither pleasure nor pain, neither joy nor sorrow. Those dead are not aware of the passing of time.


Rob's comment on 2014-01-15 15:44:03:

Reply to Potato Alley..

Actually if it says it in the Bible then it is so and true. The dead know nothing. Now those that are dead in Christ will rise again and those that aren't will be forever codemned.

I'm sorry for both yours and Carlyn's loses, because I too have lost loved ones. Just because they don't hear my prayers doesn't mean that the Lord doesn't and sends me a comforter in the form of an Angel.


BSP's comment on 2013-10-16 12:26:30:

This verse states clearly that the dead are dead. There is no passing on to another life as so many religions teach. There needs to be no fear of the dead because they know nothing. So many people are superstituous when it comes to death and dead people, but taking the time to meditate on this verse can help to free people of those superstitions.


Sandie's comment on 2013-04-25 06:02:13:

There is a danger in thinking that the dead lives on .This leads us to pray to them when all our prayers are to be directed to God and God only.The bible says over and over that the dead sleep in their graves.We sleep there until Jesus comes back for us.


Demas's comment on 2013-03-21 11:30:38:

This clearly shows what happens when you die. Together with Psalm 146:4. Catholics, Y U believe they continue living, when these texts clearly prove the opposite? Even when the bible says that the righteous will posses the world, and reside upon it forever?
Paradise clearly is on earth.


Mstlpflx's comment on 2013-01-28 13:03:13:

Read this verse in the context it comes from. Search out (in context) as they used throughout the Bible. The KNOW nothingness. They have a choice in life, to be something or to be nothing (to be as if they never had been ďand KNOW itĒ). Their intimate knowledge of the FACT that they could have had life but chose not to live and therefore what they then have knowledge OF is NOTHINGNESS. Look in the dictionary (inspired by GOD so people could understand HIS word) at the definition of the word "KNOW" and will see what I mean.


Debra Tidd's comment on 2011-05-22 14:19:14:

We will remember..Your family does see you and they watching over you..this is for those that are not saved..for we are the living even after mortal death..the reference to the dead means those that are not with God. Once entered into hell they will not remember us..they will be lost forever. But those that choose with forever. So your family members, as long as they believed in God, are still alive waiting for you in heaven.


Potato Alley's comment on 2011-04-20 22:57:04:

This is a reply to Carlyn..
My son passed away in 2005 so this was a downer to me as well but know one knows for sure what will happen in the end.. Just because it says that in the bible doesn't make it so


Carlyn's comment on 2010-08-23 18:23:08:

Im 20 years old and my mom passed last year. I've been praying to her and also asked if she would watch over me. This was a downer :(


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