Ecclesiastes 6:12
New International Version
For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?

New Living Translation
In the few days of our meaningless lives, who knows how our days can best be spent? Our lives are like a shadow. Who can tell what will happen on this earth after we are gone?

English Standard Version
For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain life, which he passes like a shadow? For who can tell man what will be after him under the sun?

New American Standard Bible
For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few years of his futile life? He will spend them like a shadow. For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?

King James Bible
For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For who knows what is good for man in life, in the few days of his futile life that he spends like a shadow? Who can tell man what will happen after him under the sun?

International Standard Version
Who knows what is best for people in this life, every day of their pointless lives that they pass through like a shadow? Who informs people on earth what will come along after them?

NET Bible
For no one knows what is best for a person during his life--during the few days of his fleeting life--for they pass away like a shadow. Nor can anyone tell him what the future will hold for him on earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who knows what may be good for mortals while they are alive, during the brief, pointless days they live? Mortals pass by like a shadow. Who will tell them about their future under the sun?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of the life of his vanity which he causes to be as a shadow? for who shall teach the man what shall be after him under the sun?

King James 2000 Bible
For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends like a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?

American King James Version
For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?

American Standard Version
For who knoweth what is good for man in his life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What needeth a man to seek things that are above him, whereas he knoweth not what is profitable for him in his life, in all the days of his pilgrimage, and the time that passeth like a shadow? Or who can tell him what shall be after him under the sun?

Darby Bible Translation
For who knoweth what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell man what shall be after him under the sun?

English Revised Version
For who knoweth what is good for man in his life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?

Webster's Bible Translation
For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?

World English Bible
For who knows what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he spends like a shadow? For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?

Young's Literal Translation
For who knoweth what is good for a man in life, the number of the days of the life of his vanity, and he maketh them as a shadow? for who declareth to man what is after him under the sun?

Prediker 6:12 Afrikaans PWL
Want wie weet wat goed is vir die mens in die lewe gedurende die getal dae van sy waardelose lewe wat hy soos ’n skaduwee deurbring? Want wie verklaar aan die mens wat ná hom onder die son sal wees?

Predikuesi 6:12 Albanian
Kush e di në fakt ç'është e mirë për njeriun në këtë jetë, gjatë tërë ditëve të jetës së tij të kotë që ai i kalon si një hije? Kush mund t'i thotë njeriut çfarë ka për të ndodhur pas tij nën diell?

ﺍﻟﺠﺎﻣﻌﺔ 6:12 Arabic: Smith & Van Dyke
لانه من يعرف ما هو خير للانسان في الحياة مدة ايام حياة باطله التي يقضيها كالظل. لانه من يخبر الانسان بما يكون بعده تحت الشمس

Dyr Prödiger 6:12 Bavarian
Wer waiß n, was für n Menschn guet ist in seinn Löbn, in seine nichtignen Täg, daa wo yr wie Schat durchhinrutscht? Und wer saget s yn n Menschn, was +naach iem in derer Welt gschieght?

Еклесиаст 6:12 Bulgarian
Защото кой знае кое [е] добро за човека В живота, във всичките дни на суетния му живот; Който минава като сянка? Понеже кой ще извести на човека Какво ще бъде подир него под слънцето?

現代標點和合本 (CUVMP Traditional)
人一生虛度的日子就如影兒經過,誰知道什麼與他有益呢?誰能告訴他身後在日光之下有什麼事呢?

现代标点和合本 (CUVMP Simplified)
人一生虚度的日子就如影儿经过,谁知道什么与他有益呢?谁能告诉他身后在日光之下有什么事呢?

傳 道 書 6:12 Chinese Bible: Union (Traditional)
人 一 生 虛 度 的 日 子 , 就 如 影 兒 經 過 , 誰 知 道 甚 麼 與 他 有 益 呢 ? 誰 能 告 訴 他 身 後 在 日 光 之 下 有 甚 麼 事 呢 ?

傳 道 書 6:12 Chinese Bible: Union (Simplified)
人 一 生 虚 度 的 日 子 , 就 如 影 儿 经 过 , 谁 知 道 甚 麽 与 他 有 益 呢 ? 谁 能 告 诉 他 身 後 在 日 光 之 下 有 甚 麽 事 呢 ?

Ecclesiastes 6:12 Croatian Bible
Tko zna što je dobro čovjeku u životu njegovu, za ono malo dana koje tako isprazno živi, koji mu prolaze kao sjena? Tko će kazati čovjeku što će biti poslije njega pod suncem?

Kazatel 6:12 Czech BKR
Nebo kdo ví, co by bylo dobrého člověku v tomto životě, v počtu dnů marného života jeho, kteříž pomíjejí jako stín? Aneb kdo oznámí člověku, co se díti bude po něm pod sluncem?

Prædikeren 6:12 Danish
Thi hvo ved, hvad der baader et Menneske i Livet, det Tal af tomme Levedage han henlever som en Skygge? Thi hvo kan sige et Menneske, hvad der skal ske under Solen efter hans Død?

Prediker 6:12 Dutch Staten Vertaling
Want wie weet, wat goed is voor den mens in dit leven, gedurende het getal der dagen van het leven zijner ijdelheid, welke hij doorbrengt als een schaduw? Want wie kan den mens aanzeggen, wat na hem wezen zal onder de zon?

Westminster Leningrad Codex
כִּ֣י מִֽי־יֹודֵעַ֩ מַה־טֹּ֨וב לָֽאָדָ֜ם בַּֽחַיִּ֗ים מִסְפַּ֛ר יְמֵי־חַיֵּ֥י הֶבְלֹ֖ו וְיַעֲשֵׂ֣ם כַּצֵּ֑ל אֲשֶׁר֙ מִֽי־יַגִּ֣יד לָֽאָדָ֔ם מַה־יִּהְיֶ֥ה אַחֲרָ֖יו תַּ֥חַת הַשָּֽׁמֶשׁ׃

WLC (Consonants Only)
כי מי־יודע מה־טוב לאדם בחיים מספר ימי־חיי הבלו ויעשם כצל אשר מי־יגיד לאדם מה־יהיה אחריו תחת השמש׃

Aleppo Codex
יב כי מי יודע מה טוב לאדם בחיים מספר ימי חיי הבלו--ויעשם כצל  אשר מי יגיד לאדם מה יהיה אחריו תחת השמש

Prédikátor 6:12 Hungarian: Karoli
Mert kicsoda tudhatja, mi legyen az embernek jó e világon, az õ hiábavaló élete napjainak száma szerint, a melyeket mintegy árnyékot tölt el? Kicsoda az, a ki megmondhatná az embernek, mi következik õ utána a nap alatt?

La predikanto 6:12 Esperanto
CXar kiu scias, kio estas bona por la homo dum la tagoj de lia vanta vivo, kiun li pasigas kiel ombro? kaj kiu diros al la homo, kio estos post li sub la suno?

SAARNAAJA 6:12 Finnish: Bible (1776)
Sillä kuka tietää, mikä on ihmiselle hyvä elämässä, hänen elämänsä lyhyinä, turhina päivinä, jotka hän viettää kuin varjo; ja kuka ilmaisee ihmiselle, mitä on tuleva hänen jälkeensä auringon alla?

Ecclésiaste 6:12 French: Darby
Car qui sait ce qui est bon pour l'homme dans la vie, tous les jours de la vie de sa vanite, qu'il passe comme une ombre? Et qui declarera à l'homme ce qui sera apres lui sous le soleil?

Ecclésiaste 6:12 French: Louis Segond (1910)
Car qui sait ce qui est bon pour l'homme dans la vie, pendant le nombre des jours de sa vie de vanité, qu'il passe comme une ombre? Et qui peut dire à l'homme ce qui sera après lui sous le soleil?

Ecclésiaste 6:12 French: Martin (1744)
Car qui est-ce qui connaît ce qui est bon à l'homme en sa vie, pendant les jours de la vie de sa vanité, lesquels il passe comme une ombre? Et qui est-ce qui déclarera à l'homme ce qui sera après lui sous le soleil?

Prediger 6:12 German: Modernized
Denn wer weiß, was dem Menschen nütz ist im Leben, solange er lebet in seiner Eitelkeit, welches dahinfähret wie ein Schatten? Oder wer will dem Menschen sagen, was nach ihm kommen wird unter der Sonne?

Prediger 6:12 German: Luther (1912)
- Denn wer weiß, was dem Menschen nütze ist im Leben, solange er lebt in seiner Eitelkeit, welches dahinfährt wie ein Schatten? Oder wer will dem Menschen sagen, was nach ihm kommen wird unter der Sonne? {~}

Prediger 6:12 German: Textbibel (1899)
Denn wer weiß, was dem Menschen gut ist im Leben, alle die Tage seines eitlen Lebens hindurch, die er zubringt wie ein Schatten? Denn wer verrät dem Menschen, was nach ihm sein wird unter der Sonne?

Ecclesiaste 6:12 Italian: Riveduta Bible (1927)
Poiché chi sa ciò ch’è buono per l’uomo nella sua vita, durante tutti i giorni della sua vita vana, ch’egli passa come un’ombra? E chi sa dire all’uomo quel che sarà dopo di lui sotto il sole?

Ecclesiaste 6:12 Italian: Giovanni Diodati Bible (1649)
Perciocchè, chi sa qual cosa sia buona all’uomo in questa vita, tutti i giorni della vita della sua vanità, i quali egli passa come un’ombra? imperocchè, chi dichiarerà all’uomo ciò che sarà dopo lui sotto il sole?

PENGKHOTBAH 6:12 Indonesian - Terjemahan Lama (TL)
Siapa gerangan tahu mana yang baik bagi manusia dalam hidup ini, selama bilangan segala hari hidupnya yang sia-sia, yang dihabiskannya seperti bayang-bayang adanya? karena siapa dapat memberitahu kepada manusia akhirnya apakah akan berlaku atasnya di bawah langit?

전도서 6:12 Korean
헛된 생명의 모든 날을 그림자같이 보내는 일평생에 사람에게 무엇이 낙인지 누가 알며 그 신후에 해 아래서 무슨 일이 있을 것을 누가 능히 그에게 고하리요

Ecclesiastes 6:12 Latin: Vulgata Clementina
Quid necesse est homini majora se quærere, cum ignoret quid conducat sibi in vita sua, numero dierum peregrinationis suæ, et tempore quod velut umbra præterit ? aut quis ei poterit indicare quod post eum futurum sub sole sit ?

Koheleto knyga 6:12 Lithuanian
Kas žino, kas žmogui gyvenime naudinga per visas jo gyvenimo dienas, kurios prabėga kaip šešėlis? Kas gali pasakyti, kas bus pasaulyje po jo?

Ecclesiastes 6:12 Maori
Ko wai hoki e mohio ana he aha te mea pai ki te tangata i a ia nei i te ora, i nga ra katoa o tona oranga horihori, e rite nei ki te atarangi i a ia e mahi nei? Ko wai hoki hei whakaatu ki te tangata ko te aha e puta mai i muri i a ia i raro i t e ra?

Predikerens 6:12 Norwegian: Det Norsk Bibelselskap (1930)
For hvem vet hvad som gagner et menneske i livet, i alle hans tomme levedager, dem han tilbringer som en skygge? For hvem kan si et menneske hvad som skal hende under solen efter hans tid?

Eclesiastés 6:12 Spanish: La Biblia de las Américas
Porque, ¿quién sabe lo que es bueno para el hombre durante su vida, en los contados días de su vana vida? Los pasará como una sombra. Pues, ¿quién hará saber al hombre lo que sucederá después de él bajo el sol?

Eclesiastés 6:12 Spanish: La Nueva Biblia de los Hispanos
Porque, ¿quién sabe lo que es bueno para el hombre durante su vida, en los contados días de su vana vida? Los pasará como una sombra. Pues, ¿quién hará saber al hombre lo que sucederá después de él bajo el sol?

Eclesiastés 6:12 Spanish: Reina Valera Gómez
Porque ¿quién sabe cuál es el bien del hombre en la vida, todos los días de la vida de su vanidad, los cuales él pasa como sombra? Porque ¿quién enseñará al hombre qué será después de él debajo del sol?

Eclesiastés 6:12 Spanish: Reina Valera 1909
Porque ¿quién sabe cuál es el bien del hombre en la vida, todos los días de la vida de su vanidad, los cuales él pasa como sombra? Porque ¿quién enseñará al hombre qué será después de él debajo del sol?

Eclesiastés 6:12 Spanish: Sagradas Escrituras 1569
Porque ¿quién sabe cuál es el bien del hombre en la vida, todos los días de la vida de su vanidad, los cuales el hace que sean como sombra? Porque ¿quién enseñará al hombre qué será después de él debajo del sol?

Eclesiastes 6:12 Bíblia King James Atualizada Português
Sendo assim, quem sabe o que é bom e proveitoso para o ser humano nesta existência, nos poucos dias de sua vida de ilusão, que passa como uma sombra? Quem poderá lhe contar o que acontecerá debaixo do sol depois que ele se for com a morte.

Eclesiastes 6:12 Portugese Bible
Porque, quem sabe o que é bom nesta vida para o homem, durante os poucos dias da sua vida vã, os quais gasta como sombra? pois quem declarará ao homem o que será depois dele debaixo do sol?   

Ecclesiast 6:12 Romanian: Cornilescu
Căci cine ştie ce este bine pentru om în viaţă, în toate zilele vieţii lui de vieţuire deşartă, pe cari le petrece ca o umbră? Şi cine poate să spună omului ce va fi după el supt soare?

Екклесиаст 6:12 Russian: Synodal Translation (1876)
Ибо кто знает, что хорошо для человека в жизни, во все дни суетной жизни его, которые он проводит как тень? И кто скажет человеку, что будет после него подсолнцем?

Екклесиаст 6:12 Russian koi8r
Ибо кто знает, что хорошо для человека в жизни, во все дни суетной жизни его, которые он проводит как тень? И кто скажет человеку, что будет после него под солнцем?

Predikaren 6:12 Swedish (1917)
Ty vem vet vad gott som skall hända en människa i livet, under de fåfängliga livsdagar som hon får framleva, lik en skugga? Och vem kan säga en människa vad som efter henne skall ske under solen?

Ecclesiastes 6:12 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Sapagka't sinong nakakaalam kung ano ang mabuti sa tao sa kaniyang buhay, lahat ng mga kaarawan ng kaniyang walang kabuluhang buhay na kaniyang ginugol na gaya ng anino? sapagka't sinong makapagsasaysay sa tao kung ano ang mangyayari pagkamatay niya sa ilalim ng araw?

ปัญญาจารย์ 6:12 Thai: from KJV
ใครคนไหนรู้ว่าสิ่งใดเป็นสิ่งที่ดีสำหรับมนุษย์ในชีวิตนี้ คือในระยะวันเดือนปีทั้งหลายแห่งชีวิตอันเหลวๆของตนที่ได้เสียไปดุจดังเงาเล่า หรือใครผู้ใดอาจบอกกับมนุษย์ได้ว่า สิ่งนี้สิ่งนั้นจะเกิดขึ้นภายหลังตนที่ภายใต้ดวงอาทิตย์

Vaiz 6:12 Turkish
Çünkü gölge gibi gelip geçen kısa ve boş ömründe insana neyin yararlı olduğunu kim bilebilir? Bir adama kendisinden sonra güneşin altında neler olacağını kim söyleyebilir?

Truyeàân Ñaïo 6:12 Vietnamese (1934)
vả, trong những ngày của đời hư không mà loài người trải qua như bóng, ai biết điều gì là ích cho mình? Vì ai có thể nói trước cho người nào về điều sẽ xảy ra sau mình dưới mặt trời?

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