Ecclesiastes 9:11

“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I returned, and saw vnder the Sunne, That the race is not to the swift, nor the battell to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of vnderstanding, nor yet fauour to men of skil; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And again I saw under the sun that the reward goes not to him who is quick, or the fruits of war to the strong; and there is no bread for the wise, or wealth for men of learning, or respect for those who have knowledge; but time and chance come to all.
- Basic English Bible

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to the intelligent, nor yet favour to men of knowledge; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
- Darby Bible

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
- Webster's Bible

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.
- World English Bible

I have turned so as to see under the sun, that not to the swift [is] the race, nor to the mighty the battle, nor even to the wise bread, nor even to the intelligent wealth, nor even to the skilful grace, for time and chance happen with them all.
- Youngs Literal Bible

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 9:11


9:11 But time - There are times or seasons, casual to men, but known by God, in which alone he will give men success.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 9

  • A disciple
    "For man also knows not his time.." Thus the things that are highly esteemed of men are abomination in the sight of God. We were created and made in the image of God; so we should act like God, think like God, have the same kind of character and behavior and natural disposition as God. We ARE to know our times and prepare our ways after what is good and pleasing to God. Repentance, faith in Jesus!
  • Success
    There's time for everything on earth.live life wisely with wisdom...If God give you the grace or an opportunity to live,used the life well, We need to be careful and attentive on how we leave our daily lives, because no one knows when we will be called to give an account on how we have spent our lives on earth...We need to be very more careful...we're at the end time
  • Vicky
    As a believer in One God, and his son Jesus, a risen savior, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, the body dies goes back to dust, and the spirit goes back to The God Who Gave It.....this is my belief.
  • Konleganyiga
    God has set time for everything and he goes by it, this timetable include everyone, yet we must trust Him in faith and walk in petiance and obedience.
  • Michael C.
    11-12>The Preacher writes about what natural man thinks determines all his life's purpose and success. Right up to the day of the cataclysm and catastrophe as if life would just go on indefinitely, the world is busy about everything else but the condition of their soul with God. The things that are highly esteemed of men are abomination in the sight of God. Faith and obedience is greatness to God.
  • Lu2677
    It does not look like "a little city" is the "world" because in V. 14; there is nothing here that describes the world. "few men" "a king came against it", "and built great bulwarks against it". And the "Poor man" cannot be Jesus because in V.15 it says"yet, no man remembered that same poor man."Would like to see scripture that calls Satan a "king". He is referred to as the "Prince of darkness"

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