Ecclesiastes 9:5

“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the liuing know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither haue they any more a reward, for the memorie of them is forgotten.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The living are conscious that death will come to them, but the dead are not conscious of anything, and they no longer have a reward, because there is no memory of them.
- Basic English Bible

For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.
- Darby Bible

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
- Webster's Bible

For the living know that they will die, but the dead don't know anything, neither do they have any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
- World English Bible

For the living know that they die, and the dead know not anything, and there is no more to them a reward, for their remembrance hath been forgotten.
- Youngs Literal Bible

For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 9:5


9:5 Die - Whereby they are taught to improve life. Any thing - Of the actions and events of this world. Reward - The fruit of their labours in this world, are utterly lost as to them. Forgotten - Even in those places where they had lived in great power and glory.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 9

  • BSP
    Verse 11 shows the harsh reality that sometimes one is just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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"
  • Sree regan
    GOD is so grteat he has created a man and women for his glory so we should always honor the commendements of the lord jesus christ our lord we should be an example before god and people thanku all glory to god

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