Ecclesiastes 9:5
Good News Translation
Yes, the living know they are going to die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward; they are completely forgotten.

Contemporary English Version
We know we will die, but the dead don't know a thing. Nothing good will happen to them--they are gone and forgotten.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know nothing more, neither have they a reward any more: for the memory of them is forgotten.

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For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know nothing more, neither have they a reward any more: for the memory of them is forgotten.

the living

Ecclesiastes 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to the house of feasting: for in that we are put in mind of the end of all, and the living thinketh what is to come.

Job 30:23 I know that thou wilt deliver me to death, where a house is appointed for every one that liveth.

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

the dead

Job 14:21 Whether his children come to honour or dishonour, he shall not understand.

Psalm 6:5 For there is no one in death, that is mindful of thee: and who shall confess to thee in hell?

Psalm 88:10,11 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? or shall physicians raise to life, and give praise to thee? . . .

Isaiah 63:16 For thou art our father, and Abraham hath not known us, and Israel hath been ignorant of us: thou, O Lord, art our father, our redeemer, from everlasting is thy name.

for the

Ecclesiastes 2:16 For there shall be no remembrance of the wise no more than of the fool forever, and the times to come shall cover all things together with oblivion: the learned dieth in like manner as the unlearned.

Ecclesiastes 8:10 I saw the wicked buried: who also when they were yet living were in the holy place, and were praised in the city as men of just works: but this also is vanity.

Job 7:8-10 Nor shall the sight of man behold me: thy eyes are upon me, and I shall be no more. . . .

Psalm 109:15 May they be before the Lord continually, and let the memory of them perish from the earth:

Isaiah 26:14 Let not the dead live, let not the giants rise again: therefore hast visited and destroyed them, and hast destroyed all their memory.

Context
Death Comes to Good and Bad
4There is no man that liveth always, or that hopeth for this: a living dog is better than a dead lion. 5For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know nothing more, neither have they a reward any more: for the memory of them is forgotten.6Their love also, and their hatred, and their envy are all perished, neither have they any part in this world, and in the work that is done under the sun.…
Cross References
Job 14:21
Whether his children come to honour or dishonour, he shall not understand.

Psalm 88:12
Shall thy wonders be known in the dark; and thy justice in the land of forgetfulness?

Ecclesiastes 1:11
There is no remembrance of former things: nor indeed of those things which hereafter are to come, shall there be any remembrance with them that shall be in the latter end.

Ecclesiastes 2:16
For there shall be no remembrance of the wise no more than of the fool forever, and the times to come shall cover all things together with oblivion: the learned dieth in like manner as the unlearned.

Ecclesiastes 8:10
I saw the wicked buried: who also when they were yet living were in the holy place, and were praised in the city as men of just works: but this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 9:4
There is no man that liveth always, or that hopeth for this: a living dog is better than a dead lion.

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatsoever thy hand is able to do, do it earnestly: for neither work, nor reason, nor wisdom, nor knowledge shall be in hell, whither thou art hastening.

Isaiah 26:14
Let not the dead live, let not the giants rise again: therefore hast visited and destroyed them, and hast destroyed all their memory.

Additional Translations
For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, because the memory of them is forgotten.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.

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.

For the living will know that they shall die: but the dead know nothing, and there is no longer any reward to them; for their memory is lost.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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