King James Version
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?
Ecclesiastes 8:7 Parallel
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when...: or, how it shall be?
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LibraryThe Wicked Man's Life, Funeral, and Epitaph
We shall this morning want you, first of all, to walk with a living man; it is said of him that he did "come and go from the place of the holy:" next, I shall want you to attend his funeral, and then, in conclusion I shall ask you to assist in writing his epitaph--"and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this also is vanity." I. In the first place, HERE IS SOME GOOD COMPANY FOR YOU; some with whom you may walk to the house of God, for it is said of them, that they did come and …
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Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?
For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.
For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.
A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
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