Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 9

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Ecclesiastes 9

GNT 1 I thought long and hard about all this and saw that God controls the actions of wise and righteous people, even their love and their hate. No one knows anything about what lies ahead. 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 one knows whether love or hate awaits them. GNT 2 It makes no difference. The same fate comes to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the bad, to those who are religious and those who are not, to those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. A good person is no better off than a sinner; one who takes an oath is no better off than one who does not. 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, so with the sinful; as it is with those who take oaths, so with those who are afraid to take them. GNT 3 One fate comes to all alike, and this is as wrong as anything that happens in this world. As long as people live, their minds are full of evil and madness, and suddenly they die. NIV 3 This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead. GNT 4 But anyone who is alive in the world of the living has some hope; a live dog is better off 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! GNT 5 Yes, the living know they are going to die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward; they are completely forgotten. NIV 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten. GNT 6 Their loves, their hates, their passions, all died with them. They will never again take part in anything that happens in this world. 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. GNT 7 Go ahead - eat your food and be happy; drink your wine and be cheerful. It's all right with God. NIV 7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. GNT 8 Always look happy and cheerful. NIV 8 Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. GNT 9 Enjoy life with the one you love, as long as you live the useless life that God has given you in this world. Enjoy every useless day of it, because that is all you will get for all your trouble. 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. GNT 10 Work hard at whatever you do, because there will be no action, no thought, no knowledge, no wisdom in the world of the dead - and that is where you are going. NIV 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. GNT 11 I realized another thing, that in this world fast runners do not always win the races, and the brave do not always win the battles. The wise do not always earn a living, intelligent people do not always get rich, and capable people do not always rise to high positions. Bad luck happens to everyone. 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. GNT 12 You never know when your time is coming. Like birds suddenly caught in a trap, like fish caught in a net, we are trapped at some evil moment when we least expect it. NIV 12 Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them. GNT 13 There is something else I saw, a good example of how wisdom is regarded in this world. NIV 13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me: GNT 14 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. 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 siege works against it. GNT 15 Someone lived there who was poor, but so clever that he could have saved the town. But no one thought about 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. GNT 16 I have always said that wisdom is better than strength, but no one thinks of the poor as wise or pays any attention to what they say. 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. GNT 17 It is better to listen to the quiet words of someone wise than to the shouts of a ruler at a council of fools. NIV 17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. GNT 18 Wisdom does more good than weapons, but one sinner can undo a lot of good. NIV 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

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