New International Version
Whatever exists is far off and most profound-- who can discover it?
King James Bible
That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?
Darby Bible Translation
Whatever hath been, is far off, and exceeding deep: who will find it out?
World English Bible
That which is, is far off and exceedingly deep. Who can find it out?
Young's Literal Translation
Far off is that which hath been, and deep, deep, who doth find it?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That which is far off - Though the wisdom that is essential to our salvation may be soon learned, through the teaching of the Spirit of wisdom, yet in wisdom itself there are extents and depths which none can reach or fathom.
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'Better is the end of a thing than the beginning.'--ECCLES. vii. 8. This Book of Ecclesiastes is the record of a quest after the chief good. The Preacher tries one thing after another, and tells his experiences. Amongst these are many blunders. It is the final lesson which he would have us learn, not the errors through which he reached it. 'The conclusion of the whole matter' is what he would commend to us, and to it he cleaves his way through a number of bitter exaggerations and of partial truths …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Eusebius' Accession to the Bishopric of Cæsarea.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
"Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?
The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.
then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.
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