Parallel Strong'sHolman Christian Standard BibleThen I turned to consider wisdom, madness, and folly, for what will the man be like who comes after the king? He will do what has already been done.
New American Standard BibleSo I turned to consider wisdom, madness and folly; for what [will] the man [do] who will come after the king [except] what has already been done?
King James BibleAnd I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what [can] the man [do] that cometh after the king? [even] that which hath been already done.
Parallel VersesInternational Standard Version
Next I turned to examine wisdom, insanity, and foolishness, because what can a person do who succeeds the king except what has already been accomplished?
American Standard Version
And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been done long ago.
Young's Literal Translation
And I turned to see wisdom, and madness, and folly, but what is the man who cometh after the king? that which is already -- they have done it!
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