New Living Translation
For people and animals share the same fate--both breathe and both must die. So people have no real advantage over the animals. How meaningless!
King James Bible
For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
Darby Bible Translation
For what befalleth the children of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other, and they have all one breath; and man hath no pre-eminence above the beast: for all is vanity.
World English Bible
For that which happens to the sons of men happens to animals. Even one thing happens to them. As the one dies, so the other dies. Yes, they have all one breath; and man has no advantage over the animals: for all is vanity.
Young's Literal Translation
For an event is to the sons of man, and an event is to the beasts, even one event is to them; as the death of this, so is the death of that; and one spirit is to all, and the advantage of man above the beast is nothing, for the whole is vanity.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:19 For - They are subject to the same diseases, pains, and calamities. So dieth - As certainly, and no less, painfully. One breath - One breath of life, which is in their nostrils by which the beasts perform the same animal operations. No pre - eminence - In respect of the present life.
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The Lapse of Time.
"For they that are after the Flesh do Mind,"
If these men die a natural death, or if nothing unusual happens, then the LORD has not sent me.
but their fame will not last. They will die, just like animals.
People who boast of their wealth don't understand; they will die, just like animals.
For the wise can see where they are going, but fools walk in the dark." Yet I saw that the wise and the foolish share the same fate.
Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies--so the living should take this to heart.
The same destiny ultimately awaits everyone, whether righteous or wicked, good or bad, ceremonially clean or unclean, religious or irreligious. Good people receive the same treatment as sinners, and people who make promises to God are treated like people who don't.
People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.
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