New Living Translation
Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
King James Bible
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.
Darby Bible Translation
Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Sheol, whither thou goest.
World English Bible
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Sheol, where you are going.
Young's Literal Translation
All that thy hand findeth to do, with thy power do, for there is no work, and device, and knowledge, and wisdom in Sheol whither thou art going.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
9:10 Whatsoever - Whatever thou hast opportunity and ability to do, do it with unwearied diligence, and vigour and expedition. For - Thou canst neither design nor act any thing there tending to thy own comfort or advantage.
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Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
His family all tried to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. "I will go to my grave mourning for my son," he would say, and then he would weep.
1 Samuel 10:7
After these signs take place, do what must be done, for God is with you.
They spend their days in prosperity, then go down to the grave in peace.
For the dead do not remember you. Who can praise you from the grave?
The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered.
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