Ecclesiastes 9:5

“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 Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

Bible commentary

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.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 9

  • 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
  • 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.

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