Ecclesiastes 3:21

“Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth vpward; and the spirit of the beast that goeth downeward to the earth?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Who knoweth the spirit of man, whether it goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast, whether it goeth downward to the earth?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Who is certain that the spirit of the sons of men goes up to heaven, or that the spirit of the beasts goes down to the earth?
- Basic English Bible

Who knoweth the spirit of the children of men? Doth it go upwards? and the spirit of the beasts, doth it go downwards to the earth?
- Darby Bible

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
- Webster's Bible

Who knows the spirit of man, whether it goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, whether it goes downward to the earth?"
- World English Bible

Who knoweth the spirit of the sons of man that is going up on high, and the spirit of the beast that is going down below to the earth?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Who knoweth the spirit of man whether it goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast whether it goeth downward to the earth?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 3:21


3:21 Who knoweth? - True it is, there is a difference, which is known by good men; but the generality of mankind never mind it: their hearts are wholly set on present and sensible things, and take no thought for the things of the future and invisible world.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 3

  • BSP
    Verse 1 shows that there is a time and place for everything. We have to train and educate ourselves on what is the proper time for certain activities and when to refrain from such.
  • Trish
    For everything there is an appointed time. God wants his creatures to enjoy life! Eccl 3:11 he put time indefinite in our hearts that's why humans do all they can to not die, prolonge it by going to Dr. when sick, if humans really believed there glory was at hand they would not prolonged things. But when 1 Cor 15:21-26 is fulfilled after Jesus rules for 1000 yrs, Adamic death is brought to an end.
  • May
    To expect justice in every situation is unrealistic. Rather than feel anxious about what is happening in the world today, we should wait on Jehovah God to set matters straight.
  • Ross
    For me, this verse alludes to a sense of presence. Savor each moment of your life as they are given to you. If you only ever want steak when soup is served, and wish only for soup while steak is being prepared, then you find yourself always dissatisfied, even though you were given everything you ever wanted. Stop clinging to the past, and quit sitting around waiting on the future. Be fashionable to the time.
  • E.L.Sigh Sr.
    For Everyone there are seasons, the righteousness of a Man,shall line-up with the WiLL of God's favour,Grace, Mercies! God's Best Blessings to EveryOne I JHN! Amen
  • Lilian
    Every good gifts comes from above.
    There is always a season for everything and a time to every purpose under the heaven. But God provide Jesus to us to have life in abundance. Jesus the only Jehovah the Provider, the Savior, my Peace, my Healer ,my Deliverer, my Salvation my everything. Thank you Lord for the BLOOD YOU SHED FOR US. BECAUSE YOU LIVE WE SHALL LIVE ALSO TEACH US LORD TO BE BORN AG

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