New International Version
even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity. Do not all go to the same place?
King James Bible
Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?
Darby Bible Translation
Yea, though he live twice a thousand years, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?
World English Bible
Yes, though he live a thousand years twice told, and yet fails to enjoy good, don't all go to one place?
Young's Literal Translation
And though he had lived a thousand years twice over, yet good he hath not seen; to the same place doth not every one go?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If a man beget a hundred children - If he have the most numerous family and the largest possessions, and is so much attached to his riches that he grudges himself a monument; an abortion in the eye of reason is to be preferred to such a man; himself is contemptible, and his life worthless. The abortion comes in with vanity - baulks expectation, departs in darkness - never opened its eyes upon the light, and its name is covered with darkness - it has no place in the family register, or in the chronicles of Israel. This, that hath neither seen the sun, nor known any thing is preferable to the miser who has his coffers and granaries well furnished, should he have lived a thousand years, and had a hundred children. He has seen - possessed, no good; and he and the abortion go to one place, equally unknown, and wholly forgotten.
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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 …
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Thoughts Upon Worldly Riches. Sect. I.
The wise have eyes in their heads, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both.
Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man--
It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.
All share a common destiny--the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. As it is with the good, so with the sinful; as it is with those who take oaths, so with those who are afraid to take them.
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