New International Version
I also said to myself, "As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.
King James Bible
I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
Darby Bible Translation
I said in my heart, It is thus with the children of men, that God may prove them, and that they should see that they themselves are but beasts.
World English Bible
I said in my heart, "As for the sons of men, God tests them, so that they may see that they themselves are like animals.
Young's Literal Translation
I said in my heart concerning the matter of the sons of man that God might cleanse them, so as to see that they themselves are beasts.
Ecclesiastes 3:18 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That they might see that they themselves are beasts - The author of Choheleth has given a correct view of this difficult verse, by a proper translation: "I said in my heart, reflecting on the state of the sons of men, O that God would enlighten them, and make them see that even they themselves are like beasts." These words are to be referred to those in authority who abused their power; particularly to the corrupt magistrates mentioned above.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryEternity in the Heart
'He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also He hath set the world in their heart.'--ECCLES. iii. 11. There is considerable difficulty in understanding what precise meaning is to be attached to these words, and what precise bearing they have on the general course of the writer's thoughts; but one or two things are, at any rate, quite clear. The Preacher has been enumerating all the various vicissitudes of prosperity and adversity, of construction and destruction, of society and solitude, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
But Thou who Both Hast Sons, and Livest in that End of the World...
The Holy War,
A Sermon on Isaiah xxvi. By John Knox.
People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish.
People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.
I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
Jump to PreviousAnimals Beasts Children Cleanse Estate Heart Manifest Order Regard Show Sift State Surely Test Tested Testing Tests Themselves Thought
Jump to NextAnimals Beasts Children Cleanse Estate Heart Manifest Order Regard Show Sift State Surely Test Tested Testing Tests Themselves Thought
LinksEcclesiastes 3:18 NIV
Ecclesiastes 3:18 NLT
Ecclesiastes 3:18 ESV
Ecclesiastes 3:18 NASB
Ecclesiastes 3:18 KJV
Ecclesiastes 3:18 Bible Apps
Ecclesiastes 3:18 Biblia Paralela
Ecclesiastes 3:18 Chinese Bible
Ecclesiastes 3:18 French Bible
Ecclesiastes 3:18 German Bible
Ecclesiastes 3:18 Commentaries
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.