New American Standard Bible
That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.
King James Bible
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Darby Bible Translation
That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which will be done: and there is nothing new under the sun.
World English Bible
That which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Young's Literal Translation
What is that which hath been? it is that which is, and what is that which hath been done? it is that which is done, and there is not an entirely new thing under the sun.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Hath been ... is done - i. e., Hath happened in the course of nature ... is done by man.
LibraryThe Past and the Future
'The thing that hath been, it is that which shall he; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.'--ECCLES. i. 9. 'That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles.'--l PETER iv. 2, 3. If you will look at these two passages carefully you will, I think, see that they imply two different, and in some respects …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
"And Hereby we do Know that we Know Him, if we Keep his Commandments. "
Is there anything of which one might say, "See this, it is new "? Already it has existed for ages Which were before us.
So 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?
That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.
Whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is.
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