Parallel Verses

American Standard Version

And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been done long ago.

New American Standard Bible

So I turned to consider wisdom, madness and folly; for what will the man do who will come after the king except what has already been done?

King James Version

And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.

Holman Bible

Then I turned to consider wisdom, madness, and folly, for what will the man be like who comes after the king? He will do what has already been done.

International Standard Version

Next I turned to examine wisdom, insanity, and foolishness, because what can a person do who succeeds the king except what has already been accomplished?

A Conservative Version

And I turned myself to behold wisdom and madness and folly. For what [can] the man [do] who comes after the king? [Even] that which has been done long ago.

Amplified

So I turned to consider [secular] wisdom, madness, and folly; for what will the man do who succeeds the king? Nothing except what has already been done.

Bible in Basic English

And I went again in search of wisdom and of foolish ways. What may the man do who comes after the king? The thing which he has done before.

Darby Translation

And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly; for what shall the man do that cometh after the king? that which hath already been done.

Julia Smith Translation

And I turned to see wisdom, madness, and folly: for what the man that shall come after the king? with those things they did already.

King James 2000

And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can a man do that comes after the king? even that which has been already done.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Next, I considered wisdom, as well as delusion and folly. What can anyone [do] who will come after the king that has not already been done?

Modern King James verseion

And I turned to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly; for what can the man do who comes after the king, when they have already done it?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Then turned I me to consider wisdom, error and foolishness: for what is he among men, that might be compared to me the king in such work?

NET Bible

Next, I decided to consider wisdom, as well as foolish behavior and ideas. For what more can the king's successor do than what the king has already done?

New Heart English Bible

I turned myself to consider wisdom, madness, and folly. For what can the man who comes after the king do? Just that which he has already done.

The Emphasized Bible

Thus turned, I, to look at wisdom, and madness and folly, - for what can the man do more who cometh after the king? save that which, already, men have done.

Webster

And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.

World English Bible

I turned myself to consider wisdom, madness, and folly: for what can the king's successor do? Just that which has been done long ago.

Youngs Literal Translation

And I turned to see wisdom, and madness, and folly, but what is the man who cometh after the king? that which is already -- they have done it!

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
פּנה 
Panah 
Usage: 134

ראה 
Ra'ah 
Usage: 1308

חכמה 
Chokmah 
Usage: 149

and madness
הוללה 
Howlelah 
Usage: 5

and folly
שׂכלוּת סכלוּת 
Cikluwth 
Usage: 7

for what can the man
אדם 
'adam 
Usage: 541


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

אחר 
'achar 
Usage: 488

the king
מלך 
melek 
Usage: 2521

כּבר 
K@bar 
Usage: 9

References

Context Readings

The Living Must Abandon The Work Of Their Hands To Others At Death

11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do; and, behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was no profit under the sun. 12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been done long ago. 13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.


Cross References

Ecclesiastes 1:17

And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also was a striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 7:25

I turned about, and my heart was set to know and to search out, and to seek wisdom and the reason of things , and to know that wickedness is folly, and that foolishness is madness.

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10

That which hath been is that which shall be; and that which hath been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

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