Ecclesiastes 6:10
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New International Version
Whatever exists has already been named, and what humanity is has been known; no one can contend with someone who is stronger.

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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

That which hath been is named already - The Hebrew of this verse might be translated, "Who is he who is? His name has been already called. And it is known that he is Adam; and that he cannot contend in judgment with him who is stronger than he."

"What is more excellent than man; yet can he not, in the lawe, get the victory of him that is mightier than he." - Coverdale.

Adam is his name; and it at once points out,

1. His dignity; he was made in the image of God.

2. His fall; he sinned against his Maker and was cast out of Paradise. And

3. His recovery by Christ; the second man (Adam) was the Lord from heaven, and a quickening Spirit.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

which

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done...

Ecclesiastes 3:15 That which has been is now; and that which is to be has already been; and God requires that which is past.

and it

Genesis 3:9,17-19 And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where are you...

Job 14:1-4 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble...

Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them.

Psalm 82:6,7 I have said, You are gods; and all of you are children of the most High...

Psalm 103:15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

neither

Job 9:3,4,32 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand...

Job 33:13 Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.

Job 40:2 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it.

Isaiah 45:9,10 Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth...

Jeremiah 49:19 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong...

Romans 9:19,20 You will say then to me, Why does he yet find fault? For who has resisted his will...

Library
Literature.
i. editions of chrysostom's works. S. Joannis Chrysostomi, archiepiscopi Constantinopolitani, Opera omnia quæ exstant vel quæ ejus nomine circumferuntur, ad mss. codices Gallicos, Vaticanos, Anglicos, Germanicosque castigata, etc. Opera et studio D.Bernardi de Montfaucon, monachi ordinis S. Benedicti e congregatione S. Mauri, opem ferentibus aliis ex codem sodalitio, monachis. Greek and Latin, Paris, 1718-'38, in 13 vols., fol. This is the best edition, and the result of about twenty
St. Chrysostom—On the Priesthood

Thoughts Upon Worldly Riches. Sect. I.
HE that seriously considers the Constitution of the Christian Religion, observing the Excellency of its Doctrines, the Clearness of its Precepts, the Severity of its Threatnings, together with the Faithfulness of its Promises, and the Certainty of its Principles to trust to; such a one may justly be astonished, and admire what should be the reason that they who profess this not only the most excellent, but only true Religion in the World, should notwithstanding be generally as wicked, debauched and
William Beveridge—Private Thoughts Upon a Christian Life

Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:22
Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

Job 9:32
"He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.

Job 40:2
"Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!"

Proverbs 21:30
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.

Ecclesiastes 1:9
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 3:15
Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.

Ecclesiastes 6:11
The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?

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