Ecclesiastes 8:17
Text Analysis
Strong'sHebrewEnglishMorphology
7200 [e]וְרָאִיתִי֮
wə-rā-’î-ṯî
Then I sawConj-w | V-Qal-ConjPerf-1cs
853 [e]אֶת־
’eṯ-
-DirObjM
3605 [e]כָּל־
kāl-
allN-msc
4639 [e]מַעֲשֵׂ֣ה
ma-‘ă-śêh
the workN-msc
430 [e]הָאֱלֹהִים֒
hā-’ĕ-lō-hîm
of GodArt | N-mp
3588 [e]כִּי֩
thatConj
3808 [e]לֹ֨א
notAdv-NegPrt
3201 [e]יוּכַ֜ל
yū-ḵal
cannotV-Qal-Imperf-3ms
120 [e]הָאָדָ֗ם
hā-’ā-ḏām,
a manArt | N-ms
4672 [e]לִמְצוֹא֙
lim-ṣō-w
find outPrep-l | V-Qal-Inf
853 [e]אֶת־
’eṯ-
-DirObjM
4639 [e]הַֽמַּעֲשֶׂה֙
ham-ma-‘ă-śeh
the workArt | N-ms
834 [e]אֲשֶׁ֣ר
’ă-šer
thatPro-r
6213 [e]נַעֲשָׂ֣ה
na-‘ă-śāh
is doneV-Nifal-Perf-3ms
8478 [e]תַֽחַת־
ṯa-ḥaṯ-
underPrep
8121 [e]הַשֶּׁ֔מֶשׁ
haš-še-meš,
the sunArt | N-cs
7945 [e]בְּ֠שֶׁל
bə-šel
ForPrep-b | Pro-r
834 [e]אֲשֶׁ֨ר
’ă-šer
thoughPro-r
5998 [e]יַעֲמֹ֧ל
ya-‘ă-mōl
laborsV-Qal-Imperf-3ms
120 [e]הָאָדָ֛ם
hā-’ā-ḏām
a manArt | N-ms
1245 [e]לְבַקֵּ֖שׁ
lə-ḇaq-qêš
to discover [it]Prep-l | V-Piel-Inf
3808 [e]וְלֹ֣א
wə-lō
and yet notConj-w | Adv-NegPrt
4672 [e]יִמְצָ֑א
yim-ṣā;
he will find [it]V-Qal-Imperf-3ms
1571 [e]וְגַ֨ם
wə-ḡam
and moreoverConj-w | Conj
518 [e]אִם־
’im-
thoughConj
559 [e]יֹאמַ֤ר
yō-mar
attemptsV-Qal-Imperf-3ms
2450 [e]הֶֽחָכָם֙
he-ḥā-ḵām
a wise [man]Art | Adj-ms
3045 [e]לָדַ֔עַת
lā-ḏa-‘aṯ,
to know [it]Prep-l | V-Qal-Inf
3808 [e]לֹ֥א
notAdv-NegPrt
3201 [e]יוּכַ֖ל
yū-ḵal
he will be ableV-Qal-Imperf-3ms
4672 [e]לִמְצֹֽא׃
lim-ṣō.
to find [it]Prep-l | V-Qal-Inf









Hebrew Texts
קהלת 8:17 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex
וְרָאִיתִי֮ אֶת־כָּל־מַעֲשֵׂ֣ה הָאֱלֹהִים֒ כִּי֩ לֹ֨א יוּכַ֜ל הָאָדָ֗ם לִמְצֹוא֙ אֶת־הַֽמַּעֲשֶׂה֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר נַעֲשָׂ֣ה תַֽחַת־הַשֶּׁ֔מֶשׁ בְּ֠שֶׁל אֲשֶׁ֨ר יַעֲמֹ֧ל הָאָדָ֛ם לְבַקֵּ֖שׁ וְלֹ֣א יִמְצָ֑א וְגַ֨ם אִם־יֹאמַ֤ר הֶֽחָכָם֙ לָדַ֔עַת לֹ֥א יוּכַ֖ל לִמְצֹֽא׃

קהלת 8:17 Hebrew OT: WLC (Consonants Only)
וראיתי את־כל־מעשה האלהים כי לא יוכל האדם למצוא את־המעשה אשר נעשה תחת־השמש בשל אשר יעמל האדם לבקש ולא ימצא וגם אם־יאמר החכם לדעת לא יוכל למצא׃

קהלת 8:17 Paleo-Hebrew OT: WLC (Font Required)
וראיתי את־כל־מעשה האלהים כי לא יוכל האדם למצוא את־המעשה אשר נעשה תחת־השמש בשל אשר יעמל האדם לבקש ולא ימצא וגם אם־יאמר החכם לדעת לא יוכל למצא׃

קהלת 8:17 Hebrew Bible
וראיתי את כל מעשה האלהים כי לא יוכל האדם למצוא את המעשה אשר נעשה תחת השמש בשל אשר יעמל האדם לבקש ולא ימצא וגם אם יאמר החכם לדעת לא יוכל למצא׃

Parallel Verses
New American Standard Bible
and I saw every work of God, I concluded that man cannot discover the work which has been done under the sun. Even though man should seek laboriously, he will not discover; and though the wise man should say, "I know," he cannot discover.

King James Bible
Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I observed all the work of God and concluded that man is unable to discover the work that is done under the sun. Even though a man labors hard to explore it, he cannot find it; even if the wise man claims to know it, he is unable to discover it.
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