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

  • Lilian
    Theres always a season for everything and a time to each purpose under the heaven. Thank you Jesus you always have appointed time to heal us and bless us your time is heavenly perfect. You have also appointed time for us to accept and believe you as our Savior our Lord King of all Kingd Lord of Lord teach us to wait Father I will praise you and worship you alone for you are worthy amen hallelujah
  • Steve morrow
    MARK 9:25 when JESUS saw that the people came running together HE rebuked the foul spirit saying unto him --- thou deaf and dumb spirit I charge thee come out of him and enter no more into him --9:26--and the spirit cried and rent him sore and came out of him and he was as one dead insomuch that many said he is dead --9:27--but JESUS took him by the hand and lifted him up and he arose --9:28--and when HE was come into the house HIS disciples asked HIM privately why could not we cast him out --9:29-- and HE said unto them --- this kind can come forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting ---
  • 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
    For God's thought is higher than our thoughts and his ways are higher than our ways neither our ways is his. God has appointed time to heal us and bless us for he is God who knows his time. Only his time will work perfectly . Thank you Jesus for everything. I love you and will trust you forever. Help me to be born again in spirit all the days of my life amen

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