Ecclesiastes 6:10

“That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That which hath bene, is named already, and it is knowen that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier then he.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Whatsoever hath been, the name thereof was given long ago; and it is know what man is; neither can he contend with him that is mightier than he.
- American Standard Version (1901)

That which is, has been named before, and of what man is there is knowledge. He has no power against one stronger than he.
- Basic English Bible

That which is hath already been named; and what man is, is known, and that he cannot contend with him that is mightier than he.
- Darby Bible

That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.
- Webster's Bible

Whatever has been, its name was given long ago; and it is known what man is; neither can he contend with him who is mightier than he.
- World English Bible

What [is] that which hath been? already is its name called, and it is known that it [is] man, and he is not able to contend with him who is stronger than he.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Whatsoever cometh into being, the name thereof was given long ago, and it is foreknown what man is; neither can he contend with Him that is mightier than he.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 6:10


6:10 Is named - This is added as a further instance of the vanity of all things in this life. That which hath been (man, who is the chief of all visible beings) is named already, by God, who, presently after his creation, gave him the following name, to signify what his nature and condition was. Man - A mortal and miserable creature, as his very name signifies, which God gave him for this very end, that he might be always sensible of his vain and miserable estate in this world. With him - With almighty God, with whom men are apt to contend upon every slight occasion, and against whom they are ready to murmur for this vanity, and mortality, and misery.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 6:10

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