Ecclesiastes 9:1-6 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
  Search
New Revised Standard (NRS) New International Version (NIV)
1 All this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God; whether it is love or hate one does not know. Everything that confronts them 1 So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God's hands, but no man knows whether love or hate awaits him.
2 is vanity, since the same fate comes to all, to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to those who sacrifice and those who do not sacrifice. As are the good, so are the sinners; those who swear are like those who shun an oath. 2 All share a common destiny--the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. As it is with the good man, so with the sinner; as it is with those who take oaths, so with those who are afraid to take them.
3 This is an evil in all that happens under the sun, that the same fate comes to everyone. Moreover, the hearts of all are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. 3 This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.
4 But whoever is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. 4 Anyone who is among the living has hope--even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!
5 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. 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten.
6 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. 6 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.