Ecclesiastes 9:14
Modern Translations
New International Version
There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it.

New Living Translation
There was a small town with only a few people, and a great king came with his army and besieged it.

English Standard Version
There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it.

Berean Study Bible
There was a small city with few men. A mighty king came against it, surrounded it, and built large siege ramps against it.

New American Standard Bible
there was a small city with few men in it, and a great king came to it, surrounded it, and constructed large siegeworks against it.

NASB 1995
There was a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it and constructed large siegeworks against it.

NASB 1977
There was a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it, and constructed large siegeworks against it.

Amplified Bible
There was a little city with few men in it and a great king came against it and besieged it and built great battlements against it.

Christian Standard Bible
There was a small city with few men in it. A great king came against it, surrounded it, and built large siege works against it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There was a small city with few men in it. A great king came against it, surrounded it, and built large siege works against it.

Contemporary English Version
It happened when a powerful ruler surrounded and attacked a small city where only a few people lived. The enemy army was getting ready to break through the city walls.

Good News Translation
There was a little town without many people in it. A powerful king attacked it. He surrounded it and prepared to break through the walls.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There was a small town with a few soldiers in it, and a powerful king came to attack it. He surrounded it and blockaded it.

International Standard Version
There was a little city with few men in it. A great king came against it, surrounded it, and built massive siege ramps against it.

NET Bible
There was once a small city with a few men in it, and a mighty king attacked it, besieging it and building strong siege works against it.
Classic Translations
King James Bible
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

New King James Version
There was a little city with few men in it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great snares around it.

King James 2000 Bible
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

New Heart English Bible
There was a little city, and few men within it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great siege works against it.

World English Bible
There was a little city, and few men within it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it.

American King James Version
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

American Standard Version
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it.

A Faithful Version
There was a little city, and few men in it; and a great king came against it and besieged it, and built huge bulwarks against it.

Darby Bible Translation
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and encompassed it, and built great bulwarks against it:

English Revised Version
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

Webster's Bible Translation
There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

Early Modern
Geneva Bible of 1587
A litle citie and fewe men in it, and a great King came against it, and compassed it about, and builded fortes against it.

Bishops' Bible of 1568
(9:13) There was a litle citie and a few men within it: so there came a great kyng and besieged it, and made great bulwarkes against it.

Coverdale Bible of 1535
There was a litle cite, & a few me within it: so there came a greate kynge & beseged it, & made greate bulworkes agaynst it.
Literal Translations
Literal Standard Version
A little city, and few men in it, and a great king has come to it, and has surrounded it, and has built against it great bulwarks;

Young's Literal Translation
A little city, and few men in it, and a great king hath come unto it, and hath surrounded it, and hath built against it great bulwarks;

Smith's Literal Translation
A little city, and men in it few; and a great king came against it, and surrounded it, and built against it great entrenchments:

Catholic Translations
Douay-Rheims Bible
A little city, and few men in it: there came against it a great king, and invested it, and built bulwarks round about it, and the siege was perfect.

Catholic Public Domain Version
There was a small city, with a few men in it. There came against it a great king, who surrounded it, and built fortifications all around it, and the blockade was completed.

Translations from Aramaic
Peshitta Holy Bible Translated
There was a small city and a few children of men in it, and a great King came to it and he surrounded it and he built bulwarks against it

Lamsa Bible
There was a little city and few men in it; and there came a great king against it and beseiged it and built bulwarks against it;

OT Translations
JPS Tanakh 1917
there was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
suppose there were a little city, and few men in it; and there should come against it a great king, and surround it, and build great mounds against it;








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