Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity.

King James Version

For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

Holman Bible

For the fate of people and the fate of animals is the same. As one dies, so dies the other; they all have the same breath. People have no advantage over animals, for everything is futile.

International Standard Version

For what happens to people also happens to animals a single event happens to them: just as someone dies, so does the other. In fact, they all breathe the same way, so that a human being has no superiority over an animal. All of this is pointless.

A Conservative Version

For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts, even one thing befalls them; as the one dies, so dies the other. Yea, they all have one breath, and man has no preeminence above the beasts; for all is vanity.

American Standard Version

For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; and man hath no preeminence above the beasts: for all is vanity.

Amplified

For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even [in the end] one thing befalls them both. As the one dies, so dies the other. Yes, they all have one breath and spirit, so that a man has no preeminence over a beast; for all is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)!

Bible in Basic English

Because the fate of the sons of men and the fate of the beasts is the same. As is the death of one so is the death of the other, and all have one spirit. Man is not higher than the beasts; because all is to no purpose.

Darby Translation

For what befalleth the children of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other, and they have all one breath; and man hath no pre-eminence above the beast: for all is vanity.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing befalls them: as the one dies, so dies the other; and they all have one breath; so that a man has no more breath than a beast: for all is vanity.

Julia Smith Translation

For the event of the sons of man, and the event of the cattle, one event to them: as this, so dies this; and the breath of one to all; and the preeminence of man not above the cattle: for all is vanity.

King James 2000

For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; the same thing befalls them: as the one dies, so dies the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man has no advantage over a beast: for all is vanity.

Lexham Expanded Bible

For the fate of {humans} and the fate of the beast is {the same}. The death of the one is like the death of the other, for {both are mortal}. Man has no advantage over the beast, for both are fleeting.

Modern King James verseion

For that which happens to the sons of men also happens to beasts, even one thing happens to them. As this one dies, so that one dies; yea, they all have one breath; so that a man has no advantage over a beast; for all is vanity.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

For it happeneth unto men as it doth unto beasts, and as the one dieth, so dieth the other. Yea, they have both one manner of breath, so that - in this - a man hath no preeminence above a beast, but all are subdued unto vanity.

NET Bible

For the fate of humans and the fate of animals are the same: As one dies, so dies the other; both have the same breath. There is no advantage for humans over animals, for both are fleeting.

New Heart English Bible

For that which happens to the sons of men happens to animals. Even one thing happens to them. As the one dies, so the other dies. Yes, they have all one breath; and man has no advantage over the animals: for all is vanity.

The Emphasized Bible

For, as regardeth the destiny of the sons of men and the destiny of beasts, one fate, have they, as dieth the one, so, dieth the other, and, one spirit, have they all, - and, the pre-eminence of man over beast, is nothing, for, all, were vanity:

Webster

For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yes, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no pre-eminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

World English Bible

For that which happens to the sons of men happens to animals. Even one thing happens to them. As the one dies, so the other dies. Yes, they have all one breath; and man has no advantage over the animals: for all is vanity.

Youngs Literal Translation

For an event is to the sons of man, and an event is to the beasts, even one event is to them; as the death of this, so is the death of that; and one spirit is to all, and the advantage of man above the beast is nothing, for the whole is vanity.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
מקרה 
Miqreh 
Usage: 10

of men
אדם 
'adam 
Usage: 541

מקרה 
Miqreh 
מקרה 
Miqreh 
Usage: 10
Usage: 10

בּהמה 
B@hemah 
Usage: 190

אחד 
'echad 
Usage: 432

them as the one dieth
מות 
Maveth 
Usage: 156

so dieth
מות 
Maveth 
Usage: 156

the other
זה 
Zeh 
Usage: 1161

אחד 
'echad 
Usage: 432

רוּח 
Ruwach 
Usage: 378

so that a man
אדם 
'adam 
Usage: 541

מותר 
Mowthar 
Usage: 3

בּהמה 
B@hemah 
Usage: 190

Context Readings

God's Mysterious Plan Allows Injustice To Exist In The World

18 I said to myself concerning the sons of men, "God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts." 19 For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity. 20 All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.


Cross References

Psalm 49:12

But man in his pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.

2 Samuel 14:14

"For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him.

Job 14:10-12

"But man dies and lies prostrate Man expires, and where is he?

Psalm 39:5-6

"Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.

Psalm 49:20

Man in his pomp, yet without understanding, Is like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 89:47-48

Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity You have created all the sons of men!

Psalm 92:6-7

A senseless man has no knowledge, Nor does a stupid man understand this:

Psalm 104:29

You hide Your face, they are dismayed; You take away their spirit, they expire And return to their dust.

Ecclesiastes 2:14

The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness And yet I know that one fate befalls them both.

Ecclesiastes 2:16

For there is no lasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten And how the wise man and the fool alike die!

Ecclesiastes 2:20-23

Therefore I completely despaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun.

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