New American Standard Bible
For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.
King James Bible
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
Darby Bible Translation
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
World English Bible
For to him who is joined with all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
Young's Literal Translation
But to him who is joined unto all the living there is confidence, for to a living dog it is better than to the dead lion.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For to him - Rather: "Yet to him." Notwithstanding evils, life has its advantage, and especially when compared with death.
Dog - To the Hebrews a type of all that was contemptible 1 Samuel 17:43.
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Now there was found in that city a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no one remembered that same poor man. Eccl. ix. 15. After these events it really seems as if Gaïnas, to use a modern expression, had completely lost his head, or, to give the view of it taken by himself and his contemporaries, as if a demon had begun to trouble him; for his conduct became aimless and uncertain. Discontent, revenge, ambition, and evil counsels destroyed in him all capacity for wise …
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Second Great Group of Parables.
This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that there is one fate for all men. Furthermore, the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives. Afterwards they go to the dead.
For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.
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