Ecclesiastes 8:7
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New International Version
Since no one knows the future, who can tell someone else what is to come?

New Living Translation
Indeed, how can people avoid what they don't know is going to happen?

English Standard Version
For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?

Berean Study Bible
Since no one knows what will happen, who can tell him what is to come?

New American Standard Bible
If no one knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen?

King James Bible
For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?

Christian Standard Bible
Yet no one knows what will happen because who can tell him what will happen?

Contemporary English Version
though no one can tell the future.

Good News Translation
None of us knows what is going to happen, and there is no one to tell us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet no one knows what will happen because who can tell him what will happen?

International Standard Version
For he has absolutely no knowledge what will happen, since who can declare to him when it will come about?

NET Bible
Surely no one knows the future, and no one can tell another person what will happen.

New Heart English Bible
For he doesn't know that which will be; for who can tell him how it will be?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They don't know what the future will bring. So who can tell them how things will turn out?

JPS Tanakh 1917
For he knoweth not that which shall be; for even when it cometh to pass, who shall declare it unto him?

New American Standard 1977
If no one knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen?

Jubilee Bible 2000
for he does not know that which shall be; nor when it shall be. Who will teach it to him?

King James 2000 Bible
For he knows not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?

American King James Version
For he knows not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?

American Standard Version
for he knoweth not that which shall be; for who can tell him how it shall be?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because he is ignorant of things past, and things to come he cannot know by any messenger.

Darby Bible Translation
for he knoweth not that which shall be; for who can tell him how it shall be?

English Revised Version
for he knoweth not that which shall be; for who can tell him how it shall be?

Webster's Bible Translation
For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?

World English Bible
For he doesn't know that which will be; for who can tell him how it will be?

Young's Literal Translation
For he knoweth not that which shall be, for when it shall be who declareth to him?
Study Bible
Obey the King
6For there is a right time and procedure to every purpose, though a man’s misery weighs heavily upon him. 7Since no one knows what will happen, who can tell him what is to come? 8As 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.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 3:22
I have seen that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will come after him?

Ecclesiastes 6:12
For who knows what is good for a man during the few days he passes through his fleeting life like a shadow? Who can tell a man what will come after him under the sun?

Ecclesiastes 7:14
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider this: God has made one of these along with the other, so that a man cannot discover anything that will come after him.

Ecclesiastes 9:12
For surely no man knows his time: Like fish caught in a cruel net or birds trapped in a snare, so men are ensnared in an evil time that suddenly falls upon them.

Ecclesiastes 10:14
Yet the fool multiplies words. No one knows what is coming, and who can tell him what will come after him?

Treasury of Scripture

For he knows not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?

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Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of …

Ecclesiastes 9:12 For man also knows not his time: as the fishes that are taken in …

Ecclesiastes 10:14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and …

Proverbs 24:22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knows the ruin of them both?

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be …

Matthew 24:44,50 Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not …

Matthew 25:6-13 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; …

1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 But of the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that …

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Verse 7. - For he knoweth not that which shall be. The subject may be man in general, or more probably the evil tyrant. The clause contains a third reason for patience. The despot cannot foresee the future, and goes on blindly filling up the measure of his iniquity, being unable to take any precautions against his inevitable fate (Proverbs 24:22). Quem Deus vult perdere prius dementat. For who can tell him when it shall be? rather, how it shall be. The fourth portion of the argument. The infatuated man knows not the time when the blow will fall, nor, as here, the manner in which the retribution will come, the form which it will take. Septuagint," For how it shall be, who will tell him?" The Vulgate paraphrases inaccurately, Quia ignorat prae-terita, et futura nullo scire potest nuntio, "Because he knoweth not the past, and the future he can ascertain by no messenger." For he knoweth not that which shall be,.... Or that "it shall be" (b); that he ever shall have the opportunity again he has lost, nor what is to come hereafter; what shall be on the morrow, or what shall befall him in the remaining part of his days; what troubles and sorrows he shall meet with, or what will be the case and circumstances of his family after his death;

for who can tell him when it shall be? or "how it shall be" (c)? how it will be with him or his; no one that pretends to judicial astrology, or to the art of divination, or any such devices, can tell him what is to come; future things are only certainly known by God; none but he can tell what will certainly come to pass; see Ecclesiastes 3:22; Jarchi interprets it of a man's not considering for what God will bring him to judgment, and that no man can tell him the vengeance and punishment that will be inflicted.

(b) "quod futurum est", Pagninus, Montanus. (c) "quo modo", Junius & Tremellius, Gejerus, Rambachius, so Broughton. 7. he—the sinner, by neglecting times (for example, "the accepted time, and the day of salvation, 2Co 6:2), is taken by surprise by the judgment (Ec 3:22; 6:12; 9:12). The godly wise observe the due times of things (Ec 3:1), and so, looking for the judgment, are not taken by surprise, though not knowing the precise "when" (1Th 5:2-4); they "know the time" to all saving purposes (Ro 13:11).8:6-8 God has, in wisdom, kept away from us the knowledge of future events, that we may be always ready for changes. We must all die, no flight or hiding-place can save us, nor are there any weapons of effectual resistance. Ninety thousand die every day, upwards of sixty every minute, and one every moment. How solemn the thought! Oh that men were wise, that they understood these things, that they would consider their latter end! The believer alone is prepared to meet the solemn summons. Wickedness, by which men often escape human justice, cannot secure from death.
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