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 9:5

  • Melrose greenham for verse 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 for verse 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.
  • 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 for verse 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 for verse 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.
  • 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!

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