Ecclesiastes 6:10
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New International Version
Whatever exists has already been named, and what humanity is has been known; no one can contend with someone who is stronger.

New Living Translation
Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there's no use arguing with God about your destiny.

English Standard Version
Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what man is, and that he is not able to dispute with one stronger than he.

New American Standard Bible
Whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is.

King James Bible
That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whatever exists was given its name long ago, and it is known what man is. But he is not able to contend with the One stronger than he.

International Standard Version
Whatever exists has been named already; people know what it means to be human— and a person cannot defeat one who is more powerful than he.

NET Bible
Whatever has happened was foreordained, and what happens to a person was also foreknown. It is useless for him to argue with God about his fate because God is more powerful than he is.

New Heart English Bible
Whatever has been, its name was given long ago; and it is known what man is; neither can he contend with him who is mightier than he.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whatever has happened [in the past] already has a name. Mortals are already known for what they are. Mortals cannot argue with the one who is stronger than they.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whatsoever cometh into being, the name thereof was given long ago, and it is foreknown what man is; neither can he contend with Him that is mightier than he.

New American Standard 1977
Whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that is has been named already; and it is known that he is man and that he shall not be able to contend with him that is mightier than he.

King James 2000 Bible
Whatever has been is named already, and it is known that this is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

American King James Version
That which has been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

American Standard Version
Whatsoever hath been, the name thereof was given long ago; and it is know what man is; neither can he contend with him that is mightier than he.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that shall be, his name is already called: and it is known, that he is man, and cannot contend in judgment with him that is stronger than himself.

Darby Bible Translation
That which is hath already been named; and what man is, is known, and that he cannot contend with him that is mightier than he.

English Revised Version
Whatsoever hath been, the name thereof was given long ago, and it is known that it is man: neither can he contend with him that is mightier than he.

Webster's Bible Translation
That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

World English Bible
Whatever has been, its name was given long ago; and it is known what man is; neither can he contend with him who is mightier than he.

Young's Literal Translation
What is that which hath been? already is its name called, and it is known that it is man, and he is not able to contend with him who is stronger than he.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
6:7-12 A little will serve to sustain us comfortably, and a great deal can do no more. The desires of the soul find nothing in the wealth of the world to give satisfaction. The poor man has comfort as well as the richest, and is under no real disadvantage. We cannot say, Better is the sight of the eyes than the resting of the soul in God; for it is better to live by faith in things to come, than to live by sense, which dwells only upon present things. Our lot is appointed. We have what pleases God, and let that please us. The greatest possessions and honours cannot set us above the common events of human life. Seeing that the things men pursue on earth increase vanities, what is man the better for his worldly devices? Our life upon earth is to be reckoned by days. It is fleeting and uncertain, and with little in it to be fond of, or to be depended on. Let us return to God, trust in his mercy through Jesus Christ, and submit to his will. Then soon shall we glide through this vexatious world, and find ourselves in that happy place, where there is fulness of joy and pleasures for evermore.
Study Bible
The Futility of Life
9What the eyes see is better than what the soul desires. This too is futility and a striving after wind. 10Whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is. 11For there are many words which increase futility. What then is the advantage to a man?…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:22
Are we trying to provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?

Job 9:32
"For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together.

Job 40:2
"Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it."

Proverbs 21:30
There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD.

Ecclesiastes 1:9
That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 3:15
That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.

Ecclesiastes 6:11
For there are many words which increase futility. What then is the advantage to a man?

Isaiah 45:9
"Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker-- An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, 'What are you doing?' Or the thing you are making say, 'He has no hands '?
Treasury of Scripture

That which has been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

which

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which …

Ecclesiastes 3:15 That which has been is now; and that which is to be has already been; …

and it

Genesis 3:9,17-19 And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where are you…

Job 14:1-4 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble…

Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted …

Psalm 82:6,7 I have said, You are gods; and all of you are children of the most High…

Psalm 103:15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

neither

Job 9:3,4,32 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand…

Job 33:13 Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.

Job 40:2 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves …

Isaiah 45:9,10 Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with …

Jeremiah 49:19 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan …

Romans 9:19,20 You will say then to me, Why does he yet find fault? For who has …

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