New International Version
and fools multiply words. No one knows what is coming-- who can tell someone else what will happen after them?
King James Bible
A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
Darby Bible Translation
And the fool multiplieth words: [yet] man knoweth not what shall be; and what shall be after him, who will tell him?
World English Bible
A fool also multiplies words. Man doesn't know what will be; and that which will be after him, who can tell him?
Young's Literal Translation
And the fool multiplieth words: 'Man knoweth not that which is, And that which is after him, who doth declare to him?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A man cannot tell what shall be - A foolish babbling man will talk on every subject, though he can say as little on the past, as he can on the future.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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LibraryThe Way to the City
'The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.'--ECCLES. x. 15. On the surface this seems to be merely a piece of homely, practical sagacity, conjoined with one of the bitter things which Ecclesiastes is fond of saying about those whom he calls 'fools.' It seems to repeat, under another metaphor, the same idea which has been presented in a previous verse, where we read: 'If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners Or, a Brief Relation of the Exceeding Mercy of God in Christ, to his Poor Servant, John Bunyan
The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?
A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool.
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?
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
Since no one knows the future, who can tell someone else what is to come?
So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God's hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them.
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