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 9:11

  • Means that life is not predetermined but everything happens with time and circumstances
  • Z.Blamah Johnson for verse 11
    As a Christian, we should knowledgeable of the fact that God is just,He is not like man that is not stable in his promise.God alone has the power to change any condition of life that is not suitable,but the point is we should be patient and wait on Him.God does not choose a person base on what he had acquired or how smart you are.the final phase of the verse makes God clear in fulfilling His promises to His children that wait on Him.But TIME and CHANCE happen to them all.
  • Godwin Simeon for verse 11
    Ecclesiastes 9:11 The last statement "time chance fall or happen to them all " meaning, not by smartness,not by strenght,not even by human wisdom or understanding,but by GOD 'S grace. It takes grace to be a winner in any race of life,to be victorious in any battle of life, successful in every other aspect or department of life. This is exactly what the writer was trying to picture-out in Ecclesiastes 9:11.
  • Charles nwabuike for verse 11
    This verse teaches us to lean on God and wait for ur turn, for success in life is not about only skill and knowledge.
  • Francis Bonye for verse 11
    God tell us of our limitations and he is unlimited so he will cause the change in our life
  • Anyah Gideon for verse 11
    I thank God for this verse.

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