New International Version
No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.
King James Bible
There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
Darby Bible Translation
There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be remembrance of things that are to come with those who shall live afterwards.
World English Bible
There is no memory of the former; neither shall there be any memory of the latter that are to come, among those that shall come after.
Young's Literal Translation
There is not a remembrance of former generations; and also of the latter that are, there is no remembrance of them with those that are at the last.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
There is no remembrance - I believe the general meaning to be this: Multitudes of ancient transactions have been lost, because they were not recorded; and of many that have been recorded, the records are lost. And this will be the case with many others which are yet to occur. How many persons, not much acquainted with books, have supposed that certain things were their own discoveries, which have been written or printed even long before they were born! Dutens, in his Origin of the Discoveries attributed to the Moderns, has made a very clear case.
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'This sore travail hath God given to the sons of man, to be exercised therewith.--ECCLES. i. 13. 'He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness.'--HEBREWS xii. 10. These two texts set before us human life as it looks to two observers. The former admits that God shapes it; but to him it seems sore travail, the expenditure of much trouble and efforts; the results of which seem to be nothing beyond profitless exercise. There is an immense activity and nothing to show for it at the end …
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Is there anything of which one can say, "Look! This is something new"? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.
For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered; the days have already come when both have been forgotten. Like the fool, the wise too must die!
Then too, I saw the wicked buried--those who used to come and go from the holy place and receive praise in the city where they did this. This too is meaningless.
For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.
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