Ecclesiastes 3:20
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.

Berean Study Bible
All go to one place; all come from dust, and all return to dust.

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

New King James Version
All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust.

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

NASB 1995
All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.

NASB 1977
All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.

Amplified Bible
All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.

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

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

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
All go to one place; all were formed of the dust, and all will return to dust.

Contemporary English Version
All living creatures go to the same place. We are made from earth, and we return to earth.

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

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

Good News Translation
They are both going to the same place--the dust. They both came from it; they will both go back to it.

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.

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all return to dust.

Literal Standard Version
The whole are going to one place, the whole have been from the dust, and the whole are turning back to the dust.

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

New Heart English Bible
All go to one place. All are from 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.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
From Dust to Dust
19For the fates of both men and beasts are the same: As one dies, so dies the other—they all have the same breath. Man has no advantage over the animals, since everything is futile. 20All go to one place; all come from dust, and all return to dust. 21Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and the spirit of the animal descends into the earth?…

Cross References
Genesis 3:19
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your bread, until you return to the ground--because out of it were you taken. For dust you are, and to dust you shall return."

Psalm 103:14
For He knows our frame; He is mindful that we are dust.

Ecclesiastes 7:2
It is better to enter a house of mourning than a house of feasting, since death is the end of every man, and the living should take this to heart.

Ecclesiastes 12:7
before the dust returns to the ground from which it came 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.

Ecclesiastes 3:21
Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

Ecclesiastes 6:6
Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

all are

Genesis 3:19
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Job 10:9,10
Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again? …

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









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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
All
הַכֹּ֥ל (hak·kōl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

go
הוֹלֵ֖ךְ (hō·w·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

one
אֶחָ֑ד (’e·ḥāḏ)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 259: United, one, first

place:
מָק֣וֹם (mā·qō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4725: A standing, a spot, a condition

All
הַכֹּל֙ (hak·kōl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

come
הָיָ֣ה (hā·yāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

from
מִן־ (min-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of

dust,
הֶֽעָפָ֔ר (he·‘ā·p̄ār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud

and all
וְהַכֹּ֖ל (wə·hak·kōl)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

return
שָׁ֥ב (šāḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

dust.
הֶעָפָֽר׃ (he·‘ā·p̄ār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud


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