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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CommentaryClarke'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
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
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1 Corinthians 10:22
Are we trying to arouse the Lord's jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
"He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.
"Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!"
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.
The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?
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