Ecclesiastes 3:18

“I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I said in my heart concerning the estate of the sonnes of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselues are beasts.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I said to myself concerning the sons of men, "God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I said in my heart, `It is' because of the sons of men, that God may prove them, and that they may see that they themselves are `but as' beasts.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I said in my heart, It is because of the sons of men, so that God may put them to the test and that they may see themselves as beasts.
- Basic English Bible

I said in my heart, It is thus with the children of men, that God may prove them, and that they should see that they themselves are but beasts.
- Darby Bible

I said in my heart concerning the state of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
- Webster's Bible

I said in my heart, "As for the sons of men, God tests them, so that they may see that they themselves are like animals.
- World English Bible

I said in my heart concerning the matter of the sons of man that God might cleanse them, so as to see that they themselves [are] beasts.
- Youngs Literal Bible

I said in my heart: 'It is because of the sons of men, that God may sift them, and that they may see that they themselves are but as beasts.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 3:18


3:18 I said - And further I considered concerning their condition in this present world. That God - God suffers these disorders among men, that he might discover men to themselves, and shew what strange creatures they are, and what vile hearts they have. Beasts - That altho' God made them men, yet they have made themselves beasts by their brutish practices, and that, considered only with respect to the present life, they are as vain and miserable creatures as the beasts themselves.


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