Ecclesiastes 8:8
Good News Translation
No one can keep from dying or put off the day of death. That is a battle we cannot escape; we cannot cheat our way out.

Contemporary English Version
We cannot control the wind or determine the day of our death. There is no escape in time of war, and no one can hide behind evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is not in man's power to stop the spirit, neither hath he power in the day of death, neither is he suffered to rest when war is at hand, neither shall wickedness save the wicked.

New American Bible
No one is master of the breath of life so as to retain it, and none has mastery of the day of death. There is no exemption in wartime, nor does wickedness deliver those who practice it.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

It is not in man's power to stop the spirit, neither hath he power in the day of death, neither is he suffered to rest when war is at hand, neither shall wickedness save the wicked.

is no

Ecclesiastes 3:21 Who knoweth if the spirit of the children of Adam ascend upward, and if the spirit of the beasts descend downward?

2 Samuel 14:14 We all die, and like waters that return no more, we fall down into the earth: neither will God have a soul to perish, but recalleth, meaning that he that is cast off should not altogether perish.

Job 14:5 The days of man are short, and the number of his months is with thee: thou hast appointed his bounds which cannot be passed.

Job 34:14 If he turn his heart to him, he shall draw his spirit and breath unto himself.

Psalm 49:6-9 They that trust in their own strength, and glory in the multitude of their riches, . . .

Psalm 89:48 Who is the man that shall live, and not see death: that shall deliver his soul from the hand of hell?

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

power

1 Corinthians 15:43 It is sown in dishonour: it shall rise in glory. It is sown in weakness: it shall rise in power.

2 Corinthians 13:4 For although he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him: but we shall live with him by the power of God towards you.

discharge

Deuteronomy 20:1-8 If thou go out to war against thy enemies, and see horsemen and chariots, and the numbers of the enemy's army greater than thine, thou shalt not fear them: because the Lord thy God is with thee, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt. . . .

2 Kings 7:15 And they went after them, as far as the Jordan: and behold, all the way was full of garments, and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away, in their fright, and the messengers returned, and told the king.

neither

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, all the nations that forget God.

Psalm 52:5-7 Therefore will God destroy thee for ever: he will pluck thee out, and remove thee from thy dwelling place: and thy root out of the land of the living. . . .

Psalm 73:18 But indeed for deceits thou hast put it to them: when they were lifted up thou hast cast them down.

Proverbs 14:32 The wicked man shall be driven out in his wickedness: but the just hath hope in his death.

Isaiah 28:15,18 For you have said: We have entered into a league with death, and we have made a covenant with hell. When the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come upon us: for we have placed our hope in lies, and by falsehood we are protected. . . .

Context
Obey the King
7Because he is ignorant of things past, and things to come he cannot know by any messenger. 8It is not in man's power to stop the spirit, neither hath he power in the day of death, neither is he suffered to rest when war is at hand, neither shall wickedness save the wicked.9All these things I have considered, and applied my heart to all the works that are done under the sun. Sometimes one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.…
Cross References
Psalm 49:7
No brother can redeem, nor shall man redeem: he shall not give to God his ransom,

Ecclesiastes 8:13
But let it not be well with the wicked, neither let his days be prolonged, but as a shadow let them pass away that fear not the face of the Lord.

Additional Translations
As no man has power over the wind to contain it, so there is no authority over the day of death. As no one can be discharged in wartime, so wickedness will not release those who practice it.There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither has he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power over the day of death; and there is no discharge in war: neither shall wickedness deliver him that is given to it.

There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; and there is no power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in the day of the battle; neither shall ungodliness save her votary.

There is no man who hath control over the spirit to retain the spirit; and no one hath control over the day of death; and there is no discharge in that war, neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power over the day of death; and there is no discharge in that war: neither shall wickedness deliver him that is given to it.

There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

There is no man who has power over the spirit to contain the spirit; neither does he have power over the day of death. There is no discharge in war; neither shall wickedness deliver those who practice it.

There is no man ruling over the spirit to restrain the spirit, and there is no authority over the day of death, and there is no discharge in battle, and wickedness delivereth not its possessors.
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