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Ecclesiastes 9:5–6

5 For the living know that they will die;

But cthe dead know nothing,

And they have no more reward,

For dthe memory of them is forgotten.

6 Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished;

Nevermore will they have a share

In anything done under the sun.

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Ecclesiastes 9:5–6 — The New International Version (NIV)

For the living know that they will die,

but the dead know nothing;

they have no further reward,

and even their name is forgotten.

Their love, their hate

and their jealousy have long since vanished;

never again will they have a part

in anything that happens under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:5–6 — English Standard Version (ESV)

For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:5–6 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:5–6 — New Living Translation (NLT)

The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered. Whatever they did in their lifetime—loving, hating, envying—is all long gone. They no longer play a part in anything here on earth.

Ecclesiastes 9:5–6 — New Century Version (NCV)

The living know they will die,

but the dead know nothing.

Dead people have no more reward,

and people forget them.

After people are dead,

they can no longer love or hate or envy.

They will never again share

in what happens here on earth.

Ecclesiastes 9:5–6 — American Standard Version (ASV)

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. As well their love, as their hatred and their envy, is perished long ago; neither have they any more a portion for ever in anything that is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:5–6 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love also, and their hatred, and their envy is already perished; neither have they any more for ever a portion in all that is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:5–6 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

The living know that they will die, but the dead don’t know anything. There is no more reward for the dead when the memory of them has faded. Their love, their hate, and their passions have already vanished. They will never again take part in anything that happens under the sun. 

Ecclesiastes 9:5–6 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

For the living know that they will die, but the dead don’t know anything. There is no longer a reward for them because the memory of them is forgotten. Their love, their hate, and their envy have already disappeared, and there is no longer a portion for them in all that is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:5–6 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no more reward, and even the memory of them is lost. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished; never again will they have any share in all that happens under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:5–6 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

For the living know that they will die, but the dead do not know anything. They no longer have a reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten. What they loved and hated, as well as what they desired, has already perished. They no longer have any share in what is done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:5–6 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

People who are still alive know they’ll die.

But those who have died don’t know anything.

They don’t receive any more rewards.

And they are soon forgotten.

Their love, hate and jealousy disappear.

They will never share again

in anything that happens on earth.

Ecclesiastes 9:5–6 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.

Indeed their love, their hate and their zeal have already perished, and they will no longer have a share in all that is done under the sun.


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