Ecclesiastes 9:5
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New International Version
For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.

King James Bible
For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

Darby Bible Translation
For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.

World English Bible
For the living know that they will die, but the dead don't know anything, neither do they have any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

Young's Literal Translation
For the living know that they die, and the dead know not anything, and there is no more to them a reward, for their remembrance hath been forgotten.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The living know that they shall die - This is so self-evident that none can doubt it; and therefore all that have this conviction should prepare for death and eternal blessedness.

But the dead know not any thing - Cut off from life, they know nothing of what passes under the sun. Their day of probation is ended, and therefore they can have no farther reward in living a holy life; nor can they be liable to any farther punishment for crimes in a state of probation, that being ended.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the living

Ecclesiastes 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men...

Job 30:23 For I know that you will bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:

the dead

Job 14:21 His sons come to honor, and he knows it not; and they are brought low, but he perceives it not of them.

Psalm 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of you: in the grave who shall give you thanks?

Psalm 88:10,11 Will you show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise you? Selah...

Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless you are our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: you, O LORD, are our father...

for the

Ecclesiastes 2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever...

Ecclesiastes 8:10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy...

Job 7:8-10 The eye of him that has seen me shall see me no more: your eyes are on me, and I am not...

Psalm 109:15 Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.

Isaiah 26:14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore have you visited and destroyed them...

Library
The Lapse of Time.
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."--Eccles. ix. 10. Solomon's advice that we should do whatever our hand findeth to do with our might, naturally directs our thoughts to that great work in which all others are included, which will outlive all other works, and for which alone we really are placed here below--the salvation of our souls. And the consideration of this great work,
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VII

Annunciation to Joseph of the Birth of Jesus.
(at Nazareth, b.c. 5.) ^A Matt. I. 18-25. ^a 18 Now the birth [The birth of Jesus is to handled with reverential awe. We are not to probe into its mysteries with presumptuous curiosity. The birth of common persons is mysterious enough (Eccl. ix. 5; Ps. cxxxix. 13-16), and we do not well, therefore, if we seek to be wise above what is written as to the birth of the Son of God] of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary had been betrothed [The Jews were usually betrothed ten or twelve months
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Ephesus
While Apollos was preaching at Corinth, Paul fulfilled his promise to return to Ephesus. He had made a brief visit to Jerusalem and had spent some time at Antioch, the scene of his early labors. Thence he traveled through Asia Minor, "over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia" (Acts 18:23), visiting the churches which he himself had established, and strengthening the faith of the believers. In the time of the apostles the western portion of Asia Minor was known as the Roman province of Asia. Ephesus,
Ellen Gould White—The Acts of the Apostles

Solomon's Temple Spiritualized
or, Gospel Light Fetched out of the Temple at Jerusalem, to Let us More Easily into the Glory of New Testament Truths. 'Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Isreal;--shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out hereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof.'--Ezekiel 43:10, 11 London: Printed for, and sold by George Larkin, at the Two Swans without Bishopgate,
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

Cross References
Job 14:21
If their children are honored, they do not know it; if their offspring are brought low, they do not see it.

Psalm 88:12
Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

Ecclesiastes 1:11
No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.

Ecclesiastes 2:16
For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered; the days have already come when both have been forgotten. Like the fool, the wise too must die!

Ecclesiastes 8:10
Then too, I saw the wicked buried--those who used to come and go from the holy place and receive praise in the city where they did this. This too is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 9:4
Anyone who is among the living has hope --even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

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