Ecclesiastes 3:20
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New International Version
All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.

New Living Translation
Both go to the same place--they came from dust and they return to dust.

English Standard Version
All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.

New American Standard Bible
All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.

King James Bible
All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All are going to the same place; all come from dust, and all return to dust.

International Standard Version
All of them go to one place: all of them originate from dust, and all of them return to dust.

NET Bible
Both go to the same place, both come from the dust, and to dust both return.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All [life] goes to the same place. All [life] comes from the ground, and all of it goes back to the ground.

Jubilee Bible 2000
All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all shall turn to dust again.

King James 2000 Bible
All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

American King James Version
All go to one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

American Standard Version
All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And all things go to one place: of earth they were made, and into earth they return together.

Darby Bible Translation
All go unto one place: all are of the dust, and all return to dust.

English Revised Version
All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Webster's Bible Translation
All go to one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

World English Bible
All go to one place. All are from the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Young's Literal Translation
The whole are going unto one place, the whole have been from the dust, and the whole are turning back unto the dust.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:16-22 Without the fear of the Lord, man is but vanity; set that aside, and judges will not use their power well. And there is another Judge that stands before the door. With God there is a time for the redressing of grievances, though as yet we see it not. Solomon seems to express his wish that men might perceive, that by choosing this world as their portion, they brought themselves to a level with the beasts, without being free, as they are, from present vexations and a future account. Both return to the dust from whence they were taken. What little reason have we to be proud of our bodies, or bodily accomplishments! But as none can fully comprehend, so few consider properly, the difference between the rational soul of man, and the spirit or life of the beast. The spirit of man goes upward, to be judged, and is then fixed in an unchangeable state of happiness or misery. It is as certain that the spirit of the beast goes downward to the earth; it perishes at death. Surely their case is lamentable, the height of whose hopes and wishes is, that they may die like beasts. Let our inquiry be, how an eternity of existence may be to us an eternity of enjoyment? To answer this, is the grand design of revelation. Jesus is revealed as the Son of God, and the Hope of sinners.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - All go unto one place. All, men and brutes, are buried in the earth (Ecclesiastes 12:7). The author is not thinking of Sheol, the abode of departed spirits, but merely regarding earth as the universal tomb of all creatures. Plumptre quotes Lueretius, 'De Rer. Nat.,' 5:260 -

"Omniparens eadem rerum commune sepulchrum."

"The mother and the sepulcher of all." Thus Bailey, 'Festus' -

"The course of nature seems a course of death;
The prize of life's brief race, to cease to run;
The sole substantial thing, death's nothingness."
All are of the dust (Genesis 3:19; Psalm 104:29; Psalm 146:4). So Ecclus. 41:10, "All things that are of earth shall turn to earth again." This is true of the material part of men and brutes alike; the question of the destiny of the immaterial part is touched in the next verse.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

All go unto one place,.... The earth (w) from whence they came;

all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again; Adam's body was made of the dust of the earth, and so all his posterity, all of them; in which they agree with beasts, who are made of the dust also; and, when they die, return to it; see Genesis 2:7.

(w) "Magna parens terra est", Ovid. Metamorph. l. 1. Fab. 7.



Ecclesiastes 3:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
From Dust to Dust
19For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity. 20All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust. 21Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth?…
Cross References
Genesis 3:19
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."

Psalm 103:14
for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

Ecclesiastes 7:2
It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.

Ecclesiastes 12:7
and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Treasury of Scripture

All go to one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

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Ecclesiastes 6:6 Yes, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet has he seen …

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there …

Genesis 25:8,17 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old …

Numbers 27:13 And when you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, …

Job 7:9 As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away: so he that goes down …

Job 17:13 If I wait, the grave is my house: I have made my bed in the darkness.

Job 30:24 However, he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they …

Psalm 49:14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; …

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Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to …

Job 10:9,10 Remember, I beseech you, that you have made me as the clay; and will …

Job 34:15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again to dust.

Psalm 104:29 You hide your face, they are troubled: you take away their breath, …

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, …

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