Ecclesiastes 6:4
New International Version
It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded.

New Living Translation
His birth would have been meaningless, and he would have ended in darkness. He wouldn't even have had a name,

English Standard Version
For it comes in vanity and goes in darkness, and in darkness its name is covered.

Berean Study Bible
For he enters in futility and departs in darkness, and his name is shrouded in obscurity.

New American Standard Bible
for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity.

King James Bible
For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.

Christian Standard Bible
For he comes in futility and he goes in darkness, and his name is shrouded in darkness.

Good News Translation
It does that baby no good to be born; it disappears into darkness, where it is forgotten.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For he comes in futility and he goes in darkness, and his name is shrouded in darkness.

International Standard Version
because stillborn children arrive in pointlessness, leave in darkness, and their names are covered in darkness.

NET Bible
Though the stillborn child came into the world for no reason and departed into darkness, though its name is shrouded in darkness,

New Heart English Bible
for it comes in vanity, and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A stillborn baby arrives in a pointless birth and goes out into the darkness. The darkness then hides its name.

JPS Tanakh 1917
for it cometh in vanity, and departeth in darkness, and the name thereof is covered with darkness;

New American Standard 1977
for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he came in vain and departs unto darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.

King James 2000 Bible
For he comes in with vanity, and departs in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.

American King James Version
For he comes in with vanity, and departs in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.

American Standard Version
for it cometh in vanity, and departeth in darkness, and the name thereof is covered with darkness;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For he came in vanity, and departs in darkness, and his name shall be covered in darkness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he came in vain, and goeth to darkness, and his name shall be wholly forgotten.

Darby Bible Translation
For it cometh in vanity, and departeth in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness;

English Revised Version
for it cometh in vanity, and departeth in darkness, and the name thereof is covered with darkness;

Webster's Bible Translation
For he cometh with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.

World English Bible
for it comes in vanity, and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness.

Young's Literal Translation
For in vanity he came in, and in darkness he goeth, and in darkness his name is covered,
Study Bible
The Futility of Life
3A man may father a hundred children and live for many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he is unsatisfied with his prosperity and does not even receive a proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he. 4For he enters in futility and departs in darkness, and his name is shrouded in obscurity. 5A stillborn child has more rest than he—though never seeing the sun or knowing anything—…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 6:3
A man may father a hundred children and live for many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he is unsatisfied with his prosperity and does not even receive a proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.

Ecclesiastes 6:5
A stillborn child has more rest than he--though never seeing the sun or knowing anything--

Treasury of Scripture

For he comes in with vanity, and departs in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.

his name

Psalm 109:13
Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.







Lexicon
For
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

he enters
בָּ֖א (bā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

in futility
בַהֶ֥בֶל (ḇa·he·ḇel)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1892: Emptiness, vanity, transitory, unsatisfactory

and departs
יֵלֵ֑ךְ (yê·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

in darkness,
וּבַחֹ֣שֶׁךְ (ū·ḇa·ḥō·šeḵ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness

and his name
שְׁמ֥וֹ (šə·mōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8034: A name

is shrouded
יְכֻסֶּֽה׃ (yə·ḵus·seh)
Verb - Pual - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3680: To plump, fill up hollows, to cover

in obscurity.
וּבַחֹ֖שֶׁךְ (ū·ḇa·ḥō·šeḵ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness
(4) He.--Rather, it--viz., the untimely birth.

Verse 4. - For he cometh in with vanity; rather, for it came into nothingness. The reference is to the fetus, or still-born child, not to the rich man, as is implied by the Authorized Version. This, when it appeared, had no independent life or being, was a mere nothing. And departeth in darkness; and goeth into the darkness. It is taken away and put out of sight. And his (its) name shall be covered with darkness. It is a nameless thing, unrecorded, unremembered. 6:1-6 A man often has all he needs for outward enjoyment; yet the Lord leaves him so to covetousness or evil dispositions, that he makes no good or comfortable use of what he has. By one means or other his possessions come to strangers; this is vanity, and an evil disease. A numerous family was a matter of fond desire and of high honour among the Hebrews; and long life is the desire of mankind in general. Even with these additions a man may not be able to enjoy his riches, family, and life. Such a man, in his passage through life, seems to have been born for no end or use. And he who has entered on life only for one moment, to quit it the next, has a preferable lot to him who has lived long, but only to suffer.
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