Ecclesiastes 6:10
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New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

Darby Bible Translation
That which is hath already been named; and what man is, is known, and that he cannot contend with him that is mightier than he.

World English Bible
Whatever has been, its name was given long ago; and it is known what man is; neither can he contend with him who is mightier than he.

Young's Literal Translation
What is that which hath been? already is its name called, and it is known that it is man, and he is not able to contend with him who is stronger than he.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Or, "That which has been named - i. e., events past or current, either Ecclesiastes 1:9 as they present themselves to man, or Ecclesiastes 3:15 as they are ordered by God - was long ago (i. e., was decreed, its nature and place were defined by the Almighty), and was known that it is man;" i. e., the course of events shapes the conduct and character of man, so that what he does and suffers is said to be or constitute the man. God from the beginning definitely ordained the course of events external to man, and constituted man in such a way that events materially affect his conduct and his destiny. Hence, God, by withholding from certain people the gift of contentment, and thus subjecting them to vanity, is acting according to the predetermined course of His Providence which man cannot alter (compare Romans 8:20). Others translate, "What there is, its name is named long ago and known, that it is man;" i. e., "What hath been and is, not only came into existence long ago Ecclesiastes 1:9; Ecclesiastes 3:15, but also has been known and named, and is acknowledged that it, besides other things, is specially man; that man always remains the same, and cannot go beyond his appointed bounds."

Him that is mightier - i. e., God; compare Ecclesiastes 9:1; 1 Corinthians 10:22, and marginal references.

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Appendix iv. An Abstract of Jewish History from the Reign of Alexander the Great to the Accession of Herod
The political connection of the Grecian world, and, with it, the conflict with Hellenism, may be said to have connected with the victorious progress of Alexander the Great through the then known world (333 b.c.). [6326] It was not only that his destruction of the Persian empire put an end to the easy and peaceful allegiance which Judæa had owned to it for about two centuries, but that the establishment of such a vast Hellenic empire. as was the aim of Alexander, introduced a new element into
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Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:22
Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than He, are we?

Job 9:32
"For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together.

Job 40:2
"Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it."

Proverbs 21:30
There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD.

Ecclesiastes 1:9
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.

Ecclesiastes 3:15
That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.

Ecclesiastes 6:11
For there are many words which increase futility. What then is the advantage to a man?

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