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 Ecclesiastes 9:5

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 for Ecclesiastes 9:5

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 9:5

  • Jesse on Ecclesiastes 9:5
    To whoever is upset about not being able to pray to there lost loved ones ,or talk to them. Be happy that the Bible is here for us and it is very True and when it says the dead no nothing, the dead no nothing!!! I lost my mom when I was 29 a day before my bday so I can relate how it may be saddening to learn this , but you have to believe it so if you believe. Be glad you have Jesus to talk to he will get you to God! Amen
  • Jesse - in Reply on Ecclesiastes 9:5
    Sorry for your loss!
  • Antoine Swift Israel on Ecclesiastes 9:5
    Besides ecclesiastes 9 -5,6 ...Where else does scripture speak on the dead not knowing anything
  • Marc - in Reply on Ecclesiastes 9:5
    "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."

    Ecclesiastes 9:10

    "For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?"

    Psalms 6:5

    "Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?"

    Psalms 88:12

    "Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this dayFor David did not ascend into the heavens"(Acts 2:29, 34)

    Our hope in Christ is the hope of the resurrection.

    "For as by a man (Adam) came death, by a man (Jesus) has come also the resurrection of the dead." 1 Corinthians 15:21
  • Melrose greenham on Ecclesiastes 9:5
    I believe as the bible says the dead know nothing . If our love ones that have passed away are watching over us here on earth don 't you think they would be grieved at the way the world is today. And the bible tells us there would be no sorrow or tears in heaven
  • Carla Welch on Ecclesiastes 9:5
    Exactly what it says, the living are consciences they will die! But as for the dead, they are conscience of NOTHING! We are asleep in our Graves awaiting the resurrection, where we can give an account as to our life before judgment. No where does it say we are all floating around with our loved ones.
  • Grant on Ecclesiastes 9:5
    The wages of sin is death.Death is the oppisite of life.When Lazarus died, Jesus wept.When he was in the tomb for parts of 3 days and was resurrected by Jesus, why didnt Lazarus say "Hey Jesus, why did you bring me back? I was on my way to heaven man! No, he was dead, and the bible says he new nothing.
  • Yhwhthetruegod.blogspot.com on Ecclesiastes 9:5
    And when I say experience life with GOd. I mean so we can live according to God 's orignal plan when he created Adam and Eve. Those who don 't make it to paradise WILL NOT LIVE. Jude 7 and 2 peter 2 6 makes it pretty clear that everlasting fire is clearly symbolic for destruction. Not to mention all the other times fire was used to destroy. Aka sodom and gomorrah
  • Yhwhthetruegod.blogspot.com on Ecclesiastes 9:5
    Mstlpflx If your implying that the dead knowing nothing, does not literally mean that in this case in the way you present it. Then that would mean the the righteous do know things. But there is no distinction made between the good and bad in this case. David himself FELL ASLEEP in death. Acts 13 36. If you think about it, death mean exactly what it implies. DEATH. If the dead are conscious, then they are not dead. The soul that sins dies. It doesn 't get transferred to life sentence prison. It DIES. It will not live anymore. Christ died so that we can live. He didn 't die so we can be transferred from the Paradise in the rich man parable to another paradise. He died so that we can experience life with God.
  • JBall on Ecclesiastes 9:5
    I have been studying Jesus,ible for the past two weeks anddemise,red on this page. I am going to agree with the person who stated we are not to ponder on the demise who is gone. I lost my mom last year and if someone else feels like me I made it a habit to speak to my mom daily, but the LORD is my first preference for the day. I will remember from now on you should not pray to the demise, not sure about speaking or telling how much you Miss them? Me as well love Christ Jesus my Heavenly Father!


 

Do you have a Bible comment or question?


Please view the Comment Guidelines before posting...


2000 characters remain...




Bible Options

Sponsored Links