New International Version
Since no one knows the future, who can tell someone else what is to come?
King James Bible
For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?
Darby Bible Translation
for he knoweth not that which shall be; for who can tell him how it shall be?
World English Bible
For he doesn't know that which will be; for who can tell him how it will be?
Young's Literal Translation
For he knoweth not that which shall be, for when it shall be who declareth to him?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
To every purpose there is time - חפץ chaphets, every volition, every thing that depends on the will of man. He has generally the opportunity to do whatever he purposes; and as his purposes are frequently evil, his acts are so too: and in consequence his misery is great.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil'--ECCLES. viii. 11. When the Pharaoh of the Exodus saw there was respite, he hardened his heart. Abject in his fear before Moses, he was ready to promise anything; insolent in his pride, he swallows down his promises as soon as fear is eased, his repentance and his retractation of it combined to add new weights about his neck. He was but a conspicuous example of …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Whether Christ Should have Been Circumcised?
So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?
For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.
and fools multiply words. No one knows what is coming-- who can tell someone else what will happen after them?
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