New Living Translation
they chatter on and on. No one really knows what is going to happen; no one can predict the future.
King James Bible
A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
Darby Bible Translation
And the fool multiplieth words: yet man knoweth not what shall be; and what shall be after him, who will tell him?
World English Bible
A fool also multiplies words. Man doesn't know what will be; and that which will be after him, who can tell him?
Young's Literal Translation
And the fool multiplieth words: 'Man knoweth not that which is, And that which is after him, who doth declare to him?'
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
10:14 Full of words - Forward to promise and boast what he will do, whereas none can be sure of future events, even during his own life, much more after his death.
It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.
So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is why we are here! No one will bring us back from death to enjoy life after we die.
Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool.
In the few days of our meaningless lives, who knows how our days can best be spent? Our lives are like a shadow. Who can tell what will happen on this earth after we are gone?
Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.
Indeed, how can people avoid what they don't know is going to happen?
This, too, I carefully explored: Even though the actions of godly and wise people are in God's hands, no one knows whether God will show them favor.
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