Parallel Verses

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.

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 since 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.

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 the [earthly] fate of the sons of men and the fate of animals is the same. As one dies, so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no preeminence or advantage for man [in and of himself] over an animal, for all is vanity.

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.

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 in my heart, [It is] because of the sons of men, that God may prove them, and that they may see that they themselves are beasts. 19 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. 20 All go to one place. All are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.


Cross References

Psalm 49:12

Even a man in splendor does not abide. He is like the beasts that perish.

2 Samuel 14:14

For we must die, and are as water split on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again, neither does God take away life, but devises means that he who is banished be not an outcast from him.

Job 14:10-12

But man dies, and is laid low. Yea, man gives up the spirit, and where is he?

Psalm 39:5-6

Behold, thou have made my days [as] handbreadths, and my life-time is as nothing before thee. Surely every man at his best condition is altogether vanity. Selah.

Psalm 49:20

A man who is in splendor, and understands not, is like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 89:47-48

O remember how short my time is, for what vanity thou have created all the sons of men!

Psalm 92:6-7

A brutish man knows not, nor does a fool understand this.

Psalm 104:29

Thou hide thy face, they are troubled. Thou take away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

Ecclesiastes 2:14

The wise man's eyes are in his head, and the fool walks in darkness. And yet I perceived that one event happens to them all.

Ecclesiastes 2:16

For of the wise man, even as of the fool, there is no remembrance forever, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. And how the wise man dies even as the fool!

Ecclesiastes 2:20-23

Therefore I turned about to cause my heart to despair concerning all the labor in which I had labored under the sun.

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