Ecclesiastes 11:8

“But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But if a man liue many yeeres, and reioyce in them all; yet let him remember the dayes of darkenesse, for they shall be many. All that commeth is vanitie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come {will be} futility.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Yea, if a man live many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But even if a man's life is long and he has joy in all his years, let him keep in mind the dark days, because they will be great in number. Whatever may come is to no purpose.
- Basic English Bible

but if a man live many years, [and] rejoice in them all, yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many: all that cometh is vanity.
- Darby Bible

But if a man shall live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
- Webster's Bible

Yes, if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many. All that comes is vanity.
- World English Bible

But, if man liveth many years, In all of them let him rejoice, And remember the days of darkness, For they are many! all that is coming [is] vanity.
- Youngs Literal Bible

For if a man live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many. all that cometh is vanity.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 11:8


11:8 Rejoice - Enjoy all the comforts, and escape all the embitterments of human life, all his days. Darkness - Of death, or of the state of the dead. Many - Far more than the days of this short life. All - All things which befall any man belonging only to this life, are but vain, because they are short and transitory.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 11

  • BSP
    Verse 6 shows that we should sow our seeds in different places when it comes to the ministry. We can't make the seeds grow, but we can do our part by planting them in as many places as possible.
  • Irene123
    V.1 - refers to 'bread', the word of the Lord, i.e. prayer and 'witnessing'. Your bread will return to you in souls turning to the Lord. Jesus does want us to materially help others, but Matt. 6:33 goes right along with Eccl. 11:1. Many times though, the material need has to come first.
  • Mike
    Verse 1 tells us "cast your bread on the waters" this is helping us to see how we should practice wholehearted generosity
  • Mable Arrington
    What its basically saying i got from it what way GOD moves u don't know what the spirit of lords spirit moves how made them bones in the womb is he made them in the form of GOD but no man knows what the holy spirit moves
  • Gilbert Sebe
    The importance of investment, the reality of uncetainity of the future is recognised by the bible, that means even though we trust in God for supply, we must work hard and do our part, use our skill and knowledge to support our needs, God will make one or all our effort pay off. This book is written by a wisest godly man ever lived on the planet, he was rich and know how to handle his resources
  • Cross
    I think the Ecclesiasts were somewhat depressed.

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