Ecclesiastes 9:5
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New International Version
For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.

New Living Translation
The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered.

English Standard Version
For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the living know that they will die, but the dead don't know anything. There is no longer a reward for them because the memory of them is forgotten.

International Standard Version
At least the living know they will die, but the dead know nothing; they no longer have a reward, since memory about them has been forgotten.

NET Bible
For the living know that they will die, but the dead do not know anything; they have no further reward--and even the memory of them disappears.

New Heart English Bible
For the living know that they will die, but the dead do not know anything, neither do they have any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The living know that they will die, but the dead don't know anything. There is no more reward for the dead when the memory of them has faded.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the living know that they shall die, but the dead do not know any thing; neither do they have any more reward, for their memory is placed into oblivion.

King James 2000 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.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know nothing more, neither have they a reward any more: for the memory of them is forgotten.

Darby Bible Translation
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.

English Revised Version
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 Translation
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.

World English 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.

Young's Literal Translation
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.
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
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. 6Indeed their love, their hate and their zeal have already perished, and they will no longer have a share in all that is done under the sun.…
Cross References
Job 14:21
"His sons achieve honor, but he does not know it; Or they become insignificant, but he does not perceive it.

Psalm 88:12
Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

Ecclesiastes 1:11
There is no remembrance of earlier things; And also of the later things which will occur, There will be for them no remembrance Among those who will come later still.

Ecclesiastes 2:16
For there is no lasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten. And how the wise man and the fool alike die!

Ecclesiastes 8:10
So then, I have seen the wicked buried, those who used to go in and out from the holy place, and they are soon forgotten in the city where they did thus. This too is futility.

Ecclesiastes 9:4
For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.

Isaiah 26:14
The dead will not live, the departed spirits will not rise; Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, And You have wiped out all remembrance of them.
Treasury of Scripture

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.

the living

Ecclesiastes 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house …

Job 30:23 For I know that you will bring me to death, and to the house appointed …

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:

the dead

Job 14:21 His sons come to honor, and he knows it not; and they are brought …

Psalm 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of you: in the grave who shall …

Psalm 88:10,11 Will you show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise you? Selah…

Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless you are our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and …

for the

Ecclesiastes 2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever…

Ecclesiastes 8:10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place …

Job 7:8-10 The eye of him that has seen me shall see me no more: your eyes are …

Psalm 109:15 Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the …

Isaiah 26:14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall …

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