Compare Translations for Ecclesiastes 11:8

Ecclesiastes 11:8 ASV
Yea, if a man live many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 BBE
But even if a man's life is long and he has joy in all his years, let him keep in mind the dark days, because they will be great in number. Whatever may come is to no purpose.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 CEB
Even those who live many years should take pleasure in them all. But they should be mindful that there will also be many dark days. Everything that happens is pointless.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 CJB
For if a person lives many years, let him take joy in them all; yet remembering that there will be many days of darkness, that all to come is futile.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 RHE
If a man live many years, and have rejoiced in them all, he must remember the darksome time, and the many days: which when they shall come, the things past shall be accused of vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 ESV
So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 GW
Even though people may live for many years, they should enjoy every one of them. But they should also remember there will be many dark days. Everything that is coming is pointless.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 GNT
Be grateful for every year you live. No matter how long you live, remember that you will be dead much longer. There is nothing at all to look forward to.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 HNV
Yes, if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; But let him remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many. All that comes is vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 CSB
For if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, since they will be many. All that comes is futile.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 KJV
But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many . All that cometh is vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 LEB
For if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in all of them! Let him remember that the days of the darkness will be many-- all that is coming [is] vanity!
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 NAS
Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 NCV
People ought to enjoy every day of their lives, no matter how long they live. But they should also remember this: You will be dead a long time. Everything that happens then is useless.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 NIRV
No matter how many years a man might live, let him enjoy all of them. But let him remember the dark days. There will be many of them. Nothing that's going to happen will have any meaning.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 NIV
However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 NKJV
But if a man lives many years And rejoices in them all, Yet let him remember the days of darkness, For they will be many. All that is coming is vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 NLT
When people live to be very old, let them rejoice in every day of life. But let them also remember that the dark days will be many. Everything still to come is meaningless.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 NRS
Even those who live many years should rejoice in them all; yet let them remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 RSV
For if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 DBY
but if a man live many years, [and] rejoice in them all, yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many: all that cometh is vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 MSG
Even if you live a long time, don't take a single day for granted. Take delight in each light-filled hour, Remembering that there will also be many dark days And that most of what comes your way is smoke.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 WBT
But if a man shall live many years, [and] rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh [is] vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 TMB
but if a man live many years and rejoice in them all, yet let him remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 TNIV
However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 WEB
Yes, if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; But let him remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many. All that comes is vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 WYC
If a man liveth many years, and is glad in all these, he oughteth to have mind of [the] dark time, and of (those) many days (yet to come); and when those shall come, [the] things passed (away) shall be reproved of vanity. (If a person liveth many years, and is happy in all of them, he still ought to remember the dark time, and the many days yet to come; and when they do come, the things passed away shall be rebuked as but empty and futile.)
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Ecclesiastes 11:8 YLT
But, if man liveth many years, In all of them let him rejoice, And remember the days of darkness, For they are many! all that is coming [is] vanity.
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Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 11

Exhortation to liberality. (1-6) An admonition to prepare for death, and to young persons to be religious. (7-10)

Verses 1-6 Solomon presses the rich to do good to others. Give freely, though it may seem thrown away and lost. Give to many. Excuse not thyself with the good thou hast done, from the good thou hast further to do. It is not lost, but well laid out. We have reason to expect evil, for we are born to trouble; it is wisdom to do good in the day of prosperity. Riches cannot profit us, if we do not benefit others. Every man must labour to be a blessing to that place where the providence of God casts him. Wherever we are, we may find good work to do, if we have but hearts to do it. If we magnify every little difficulty, start objections, and fancy hardships, we shall never go on, much less go through with our work. Winds and clouds of tribulation are, in God's hands, designed to try us. God's work shall agree with his word, whether we see it or not. And we may well trust God to provide for us, without our anxious, disquieting cares. Be not weary in well-doing, for in due season, in God's time, you shall reap, ( Galatians 6:9 ) .

Verses 7-10 Life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portion in this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time of preparation for a better; it is sweet to all. Here is a caution to think of death, even when life is most sweet. Solomon makes an effecting address to young persons. They would desire opportunity to pursue every pleasure. Then follow your desires, but be assured that God will call you into judgment. How many give loose to every appetite, and rush into every vicious pleasure! But God registers every one of their sinful thoughts and desires, their idle words and wicked words. If they would avoid remorse and terror, if they would have hope and comfort on a dying bed, if they would escape misery here and hereafter, let them remember the vanity of youthful pleasures. That Solomon means to condemn the pleasures of sin is evident. His object is to draw the young to purer and more lasting joys. This is not the language of one grudging youthful pleasures, because he can no longer partake of them; but of one who has, by a miracle of mercy, been brought back in safety. He would persuade the young from trying a course whence so few return. If the young would live a life of true happiness, if they would secure happiness hereafter, let them remember their Creator in the days of their youth.

Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 11

Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 .

1. Ecclesiastes 11:2 shows that charity is here inculcated.
bread--bread corn. As in the Lord's prayer, all things needful for the body and soul. Solomon reverts to the sentiment ( Ecclesiastes 9:10 ).
waters--image from the custom of sowing seed by casting it from boats into the overflowing waters of the Nile, or in any marshy ground. When the waters receded, the grain in the alluvial soil sprang up ( Isaiah 32:20 ). "Waters" express multitudes, so Ecclesiastes 11:2 , Revelation 17:15 ; also the seemingly hopeless character of the recipients of the charity; but it shall prove at last to have been not thrown away ( Isaiah 49:4 ).

2. portion--of thy bread.
seven--the perfect number.
eight--even to more than seven; that is, "to many" (so "waters," Ecclesiastes 11:1 ), nay, even to very many in need ( Job 5:19 , Micah 5:5 ).
evil--The day may be near, when you will need the help of those whom you have bound to you by kindnesses ( Luke 16:9 ). The very argument which covetous men use against liberality (namely, that bad times may come), the wise man uses for it.

3. clouds--answering to "evil" ( Ecclesiastes 11:2 ), meaning, When the times of evil are fully ripe, evil must come; and speculations about it beforehand, so as to prevent one sowing seed of liberality, are vain ( Ecclesiastes 11:4 ).
tree--Once the storm uproots it, it lies either northward or southward, according as it fell. So man's character is unchangeable, whether for hell or heaven, once that death overtakes him ( Revelation 22:11 Revelation 22:14 Revelation 22:15 ). Now is his time for liberality, before the evil days come ( Ecclesiastes 12:1 ).

4. Therefore sow thy charity in faith, without hesitancy or speculation as to results, because they may not seem promising ( Ecclesiastes 9:10 ). So in Ecclesiastes 11:1 , man is told to "cast his bread corn" on the seemingly unpromising "waters" ( Psalms 126:5 Psalms 126:6 ). The farmer would get on badly, who, instead of sowing and reaping, spent his time in watching the wind and clouds.

5. spirit--How the soul animates the body! Thus the transition to the formation of the body "in the womb" is more natural, than if with MAURER we translate it "wind" ( Ecclesiastes 1:6 , John 3:8 ).
bones . . . grow--( Job 10:8 Job 10:9 , Psalms 139:15 Psalms 139:16 ).
knowest not the works of God--( Ecclesiastes 3:11 , 8:17 , 9:12 ).

6. morning . . . evening--early and late; when young and when old; in sunshine and under clouds.
seed--of godly works ( Hosea 10:12 , 2 Corinthians 9:10 , Galatians 6:7 ).
prosper--( Isaiah 55:10 Isaiah 55:11 ).
both . . . alike--Both the unpromising and the promising sowing may bear good fruit in others; certainly they shall to the faithful sower.

7. light--of life ( Ecclesiastes 7:11 , Psalms 49:19 ). Life is enjoyable, especially to the godly.

8. But while man thankfully enjoys life, "let him remember" it will not last for ever. The "many days of darkness," that is, the unseen world ( Job 10:21 Job 10:22 , Psalms 88:12 ), also days of "evil" in this world ( Ecclesiastes 11:2 ), are coming; therefore sow the good seed while life and good days last, which are not too long for accomplishing life's duties.
All that cometh--that is, All that followeth in the evil and dark days is vain, as far as work for God is concerned ( Ecclesiastes 9:10 ).

9. Rejoice--not advice, but warning. So 1 Kings 22:15 , is irony; if thou dost rejoice (carnally, Ecclesiastes 2:2 , 7:2 , not moderately, as in Ecclesiastes 5:18 ), &c., then "know that . . . God will bring thee into judgment" ( Ecclesiastes 3:17 , 12:14 ).
youth . . . youth--distinct Hebrew words, adolescence or boyhood (before Ecclesiastes 12:13 ), and full-grown youth. It marks the gradual progress in self-indulgence, to which the young especially are prone; they see the roses, but do not discover the thorns, until pierced by them. Religion will cost self-denial, but the want of it infinitely more ( Luke 14:28 ).

10. sorrow--that is, the lusts that end in "sorrow," opposed to "rejoice," and "heart cheer thee" ( Ecclesiastes 11:9 ), Margin, "anger," that is, all "ways of thine heart"; "remove," &c., is thus opposed to "walk in," &c. ( Ecclesiastes 11:9 ).
flesh--the bodily organ by which the sensual thoughts of the "heart" are embodied in acts.
childhood--rather, "boyhood"; the same Hebrew word as the first, "youth" in Ecclesiastes 11:9 . A motive for self-restraint; the time is coming when the vigor of youth on which thou reliest, will seem vain, except in so far as it has been given to God ( Ecclesiastes 12:1 ).
youth--literally, the dawn of thy days.