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.
Ecclesiastes 9:5 Parallel
CommentaryClarke'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
LibraryThe 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.
Solomon's Temple Spiritualized
If their children are honored, they do not know it; if their offspring are brought low, they do not see it.
Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?
No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.
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!
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.
Anyone who is among the living has hope --even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!
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.
Jump to PreviousConscious Dead Death Die Forgotten Further Longer Memory Remembrance Reward
Jump to NextConscious Dead Death Die Forgotten Further Longer Memory Remembrance Reward
LinksEcclesiastes 9:5 NIV
Ecclesiastes 9:5 NLT
Ecclesiastes 9:5 ESV
Ecclesiastes 9:5 NASB
Ecclesiastes 9:5 KJV
Ecclesiastes 9:5 Bible Apps
Ecclesiastes 9:5 Biblia Paralela
Ecclesiastes 9:5 Chinese Bible
Ecclesiastes 9:5 French Bible
Ecclesiastes 9:5 German Bible
Ecclesiastes 9:5 Commentaries
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.