Ecclesiastes 9:4
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New International Version
Anyone who is among the living has hope --even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

New Living Translation
There is hope only for the living. As they say, "It's better to be a live dog than a dead lion!"

English Standard Version
But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

New American Standard Bible
For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.

King James Bible
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But there is hope for whoever is joined with all the living, since a live dog is better than a dead lion.

International Standard Version
"While someone is among the living, hope remains," because "it is better to be a living dog than to be a dead lion."

NET Bible
But whoever is among the living has hope; a live dog is better than a dead lion.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But all who are among the living have hope, because a living dog is better than a dead lion.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

New American Standard 1977
For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For to him that is still among the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

King James 2000 Bible
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

American King James Version
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

American Standard Version
For to him that is joined with all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is no man that liveth always, or that hopeth for this: a living dog is better than a dead lion.

Darby Bible Translation
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

English Revised Version
For to him that is joined with all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

Webster's Bible Translation
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

World English Bible
For to him who is joined with all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

Young's Literal Translation
But to him who is joined unto all the living there is confidence, for to a living dog it is better than to the dead lion.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:4-10 The most despicable living man's state, is preferable to that of the most noble who have died impenitent. Solomon exhorts the wise and pious to cheerful confidence in God, whatever their condition in life. The meanest morsel, coming from their Father's love, in answer to prayer, will have a peculiar relish. Not that we may set our hearts upon the delights of sense, but what God has given us we may use with wisdom. The joy here described, is the gladness of heart that springs from a sense of the Divine favour. This is the world of service, that to come is the world of recompence. All in their stations, may find some work to do. And above all, sinners have the salvation of their souls to seek after, believers have to prove their faith, adorn the gospel, glorify God, and serve their generation.
Study Bible
Death Comes to Good and Bad
3This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one fate for all men. Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead. 4For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion. 5For 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.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 9:3
This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one fate for all men. Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead.

Ecclesiastes 9:5
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.
Treasury of Scripture

For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

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