Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 9

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Ecclesiastes 9

NLT 1 This, too, I carefully explored: Even though the actions of godly and wise people are in God’s hands, no one knows whether God will show them favor. NIV 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. NLT 2 The same destiny ultimately awaits everyone, whether righteous or wicked, good or bad, ceremonially clean or unclean, religious or irreligious. Good people receive the same treatment as sinners, and people who make promises to God are treated like people who don’t. NIV 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. NLT 3 It seems so wrong that everyone under the sun suffers the same fate. Already twisted by evil, people choose their own mad course, for they have no hope. There is nothing ahead but death anyway. NIV 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. NLT 4 There is hope only for the living. As they say, “It’s better to be a live dog than a dead lion!” NIV 4 Anyone who is among the living has hope--even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! NLT 5 The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered. NIV 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. NLT 6 Whatever they did in their lifetime—loving, hating, envying—is all long gone. They no longer play a part in anything here on earth. NIV 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. NLT 7 So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this! NIV 7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do. NLT 8 Wear fine clothes, with a splash of cologne! NIV 8 Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. NLT 9 Live happily with the woman you love through all the meaningless days of life that God has given you under the sun. The wife God gives you is your reward for all your earthly toil. NIV 9 Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun--all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. NLT 10 Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom. NIV 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. NLT 11 I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time. NIV 11 I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. NLT 12 People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy. NIV 12 Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them. NLT 13 Here is another bit of wisdom that has impressed me as I have watched the way our world works. NIV 13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me: NLT 14 There was a small town with only a few people, and a great king came with his army and besieged it. NIV 14 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 siegeworks against it. NLT 15 A poor, wise man knew how to save the town, and so it was rescued. But afterward no one thought to thank him. NIV 15 Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. NLT 16 So even though wisdom is better than strength, those who are wise will be despised if they are poor. What they say will not be appreciated for long. NIV 16 So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded. NLT 17 Better to hear the quiet words of a wise person than the shouts of a foolish king. NIV 17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. NLT 18 Better to have wisdom than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much that is good. NIV 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.