Ecclesiastes 9:4

“For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For to him that is ioyned to all the liuing, there is hope: for a liuing dogge is better then a dead Lion.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For to him that is joined with all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For him who is joined to all the living there is hope; a living dog is better than a dead lion.
- Basic English Bible

For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
- Darby Bible

For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
- Webster's Bible

For to him who is joined with all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
- World English Bible

But [to] him who is joined unto all the living there is confidence, for to a living dog it [is] better than to the dead lion.
- Youngs Literal Bible

For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 9:4


9:4 Joined - That continues with living men. Hope - He hath not only some comfort for the present, but also hopes of further happiness in this world. Better - Much happier as to the comforts of this world.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 9:4

  • Edmund, "The Old Testament Does not have Jesus or Heaven... "? Have you read Isaiah 53 lately, or the Psalms or any of the major or minor prophets? No, the name "Jesus " is not mentioned in the Old Testament but the Son of God, who became Jesus, is everywhere in the Old Testament and so is reference to His kingdom, which is heaven. In the four gospels, Jesus Himself makes reference to so many texts from the Old Testament, many which are prophecies about Himself and there are literally hundreds of text references from the Old Testament in the New. I have frustration with those who say the Old Testament is no longer relevant, when without the Old Testament, we would have no clear understanding of the plan of salvation, no knowledge of our origin, the creation of the world, the fall of Lucifer, the divinity of Jesus or the law that Jesus came to defend with his death on the cross.
  • Edmund lamb for verse 4
    Though Ecclesiastes is 1 of my favorite Books. It must be kept in a Mature readers Believers mind that it was written before JESUS......So to point out little inconsistencies is a little hmmmm What are u getting at? The Old Testament Does not have Jesus or Heaven, The New Testament does...u should expect it too be different..Solomon spoke of life..Jesus spoke of The After Life!!!!!
  • Seems inconsistent with martyrdom for altruistic purposes as exemplified by Jesus.
  • DZARMA EZRA for verse 4
    As the bible says, she that liveth in sin is dead whilst she is still liveth, anyone that is not having Jesus in his life is a sinner, he is that dead lion. But anyone that is born again no matter how lowly esteemed people may rate you, you are better than richest sinner.
  • Raphael for verse 4
    my brother in christ mzingaye mnkandla once told said "better a living coward than a dead hero"
    wise words

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