New American Standard Bible
If no one knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen?
King James Bible
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?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
When - Or, as in the margin. For the meaning of this verse, compare marginal references.
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 …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858
I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him?
For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few years of his futile life? He will spend them like a shadow. For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?
In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider-- God has made the one as well as the other So that man will not discover anything that will be after him.
Moreover, man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.
Yet the fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?
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