New Living Translation
Indeed, how can people avoid what they don't know is going to happen?
King James Bible
For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?
Darby Bible Translation
for he knoweth not that which shall be; for who can tell him how it shall be?
World English Bible
For he doesn't know that which will be; for who can tell him how it will be?
Young's Literal Translation
For he knoweth not that which shall be, for when it shall be who declareth to him?
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
8:7 For - Men are generally ignorant of future events, and therefore their minds are disquieted.
LibraryConcerning Jonathan, one of the Sicarii, that Stirred up a Sedition in Cyrene, and was a False Accuser [Of the Innocent].
1. And now did the madness of the Sicarii, like a disease, reach as far as the cities of Cyrene; for one Jonathan, a vile person, and by trade a weaver, came thither and prevailed with no small number of the poorer sort to give ear to him; he also led them into the desert, upon promising them that he would show them signs and apparitions. And as for the other Jews of Cyrene, he concealed his knavery from them, and put tricks upon them; but those of the greatest dignity among them informed Catullus, …
Flavius Josephus—The Wars of the Jews or History of the Destruction of Jerusalem
A Few Sighs from Hell;
The First Great Deception
So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is why we are here! No one will bring us back from death to enjoy life after we die.
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?
Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.
People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.
they chatter on and on. No one really knows what is going to happen; no one can predict the future.
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