Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

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.

King James Version

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.

Holman Bible

Indeed, if a man lives 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.

International Standard Version

Even if a person lives many years, let him enjoy them all, recalling that there will be many days of darkness to come all of which are pointless.

A Conservative Version

Yea, 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.

American Standard Version

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.

Amplified

Yes, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. All that is to come will be futility.

Bible in Basic English

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.

Darby Translation

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.

Julia Smith Translation

If man shall live many years, in them all shall he rejoice; and he shall remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. All coming is vanity.

King James 2000

But if a man lives many years, and rejoices in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that comes is vanity.

Lexham Expanded Bible

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!

Modern King James verseion

but if a man lives many years, and rejoices in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many. All that comes is vanity.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

If a man live many years, and be glad in them all, let him remember the days of darkness, which shall be many: And when they come, all things shall be but vanity.

NET Bible

So, 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 is about to come is obscure.

New Heart English Bible

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.

The Emphasized Bible

But, though, many years, a man live, through them all, let him rejoice; yet let him remember the days of darkness, for many they may be, all that cometh, may be vanity.

Webster

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.

World English Bible

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.

Youngs Literal Translation

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.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
But if a man
אדם 
'adam 
Usage: 541

חיה 
Chayah 
Usage: 264

רבה 
Rabah 
Usage: 224

שׁנה שׁנה 
Shaneh (in pl. only), 
year, not translated, yearly, yearly + , year , live , old ,
Usage: 811

and rejoice
שׂמח 
Samach 
Usage: 155

the days
יום 
Yowm 
Usage: 2293

חשׁך 
Choshek 
Usage: 78


come, bring, ... in, enter, go, carry, ...down, pass, ...out,
Usage: 0

Prayers for Ecclesiastes 11:8

Context Readings

Enjoy Life To The Fullest Within The Auspices Of The Fear Of God

7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun, 8 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. 9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth and walk in the ways of thine heart and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.


Cross References

Deuteronomy 32:29

O that they were wise, if they were prudent, they would understand their latter end!

Job 10:22

land of darkness, as darkness itself, and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

Job 14:10

But when man shall die and be cut off, and the man shall perish, where shall he be?

Job 15:23

He wanders abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? He knows that the day of darkness is prepared for him.

Job 18:18

He shall be driven from the light into the darkness and chased out of the world.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

I said in my heart, Come now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy good things; and, behold, this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:15

Then I said in my heart, As it shall happen to the fool, so it shall happen even to me. Why have I worked until now to make myself wiser? Then I said in my heart that this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:17

Therefore I hated life because every work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all was vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 2:19

And who knows whether he shall be a wise man or a fool, he who shall have rule over all my labour in which I have laboured and in which I have showed myself wise under the sun? This is also vanity.

Ecclesiastes 2:21-23

That the man who worked with wisdom and with knowledge and with uprightness would have to leave his portion to a man that has not laboured therein. This also is vanity and a great evil.

Ecclesiastes 2:26

For God gives to the man that is good in his sight wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he gives travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to the one that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

I have learned that there is nothing better for them, but to rejoice and to do good in his life.

Ecclesiastes 4:8

It is the man who is alone, without a successor, who has neither son nor brother; yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity and sore travail.

Ecclesiastes 4:16

There is no end of all the people that have been before them; those also that come after shall not be content in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 5:15-16

As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

Behold therefore the good which I have seen: that good is to eat and to drink and to enjoy of the good of all his labour that he takes under the sun all the days of his life, which God gives him; for it is his portion.

Ecclesiastes 6:6

For though the other should live a thousand years twice and has not enjoyed good; both shall surely go to the same place.

Ecclesiastes 6:11

Certainly the many words multiply vanity, what more does man have?

Ecclesiastes 7:14

In the day of good enjoy that which is good, but in the day of adversity open your eyes and learn: God also has made the one (the day of adversity) before the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.

Ecclesiastes 8:12

Though a sinner does evil one hundred times and his judgment is prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with those that fear God, who fear before his presence;

Ecclesiastes 8:15

Therefore I commended joy because a man has no better thing under the sun than to eat and to drink and to be merry, for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God gives him under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 12:1-5

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth while the evil days do not come nor the years draw near when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

Jeremiah 13:16

Give glory to the LORD your God before he causes darkness and before your feet stumble in mountains of darkness, and while ye look for light, he turns it into the shadow of death and makes it gross darkness.

Joel 2:2

a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of shadow that spreads itself upon the mountains as the dawn: a people great and strong; there has not ever been the like, neither shall there be any more after him, even to the years of many generations.

Matthew 22:13

Then the king said to the slaves, Bind him hand and foot and take him away and cast him into the darkness outside; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

John 12:35

Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the Light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you; for he that walks in darkness does not know where he goes.

Jude 1:18

how that they told you, That in the last time there would be mockers, who would walk after their own ungodly desires.

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