New Living Translation
Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there's no use arguing with God about your destiny.
King James Bible
That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.
Darby Bible Translation
That which is hath already been named; and what man is, is known, and that he cannot contend with him that is mightier than he.
World English Bible
Whatever has been, its name was given long ago; and it is known what man is; neither can he contend with him who is mightier than he.
Young's Literal Translation
What is that which hath been? already is its name called, and it is known that it is man, and he is not able to contend with him who is stronger than he.
Ecclesiastes 6:10 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
6:10 Is named - This is added as a further instance of the vanity of all things in this life. That which hath been (man, who is the chief of all visible beings) is named already, by God, who, presently after his creation, gave him the following name, to signify what his nature and condition was. Man - A mortal and miserable creature, as his very name signifies, which God gave him for this very end, that he might be always sensible of his vain and miserable estate in this world. With him - With almighty God, with whom men are apt to contend upon every slight occasion, and against whom they are ready to murmur for this vanity, and mortality, and misery.
1 Corinthians 10:22
What? Do we dare to rouse the Lord's jealousy? Do you think we are stronger than he is?
"God is not a mortal like me, so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial.
"Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God's critic, but do you have the answers?"
No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the LORD.
History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.
What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.
The more words you speak, the less they mean. So what good are they?
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