Parallel Verses

World English Bible

Who knows the spirit of man, whether it goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, whether it goes downward to the earth?"

New American Standard Bible

Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth?

King James Version

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

Holman Bible

Who knows if the spirit of people rises upward and the spirit of animals goes downward to the earth?

International Standard Version

Who knows whether the spirit of human beings ascends, and whether the spirit of animals descends to the earth?

A Conservative Version

Who knows the spirit of man, whether it goes upward, and the spirit of the beast, whether it goes downward to the earth?

American Standard Version

Who knoweth the spirit of man, whether it goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast, whether it goeth downward to the earth?

Amplified

Who knows the spirit of man, whether it goes upward, and the spirit of the beast, whether it goes downward to the earth?

Bible in Basic English

Who is certain that the spirit of the sons of men goes up to heaven, or that the spirit of the beasts goes down to the earth?

Darby Translation

Who knoweth the spirit of the children of men? Doth it go upwards? and the spirit of the beasts, doth it go downwards to the earth?

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Who knows that the spirit of the sons of men goes upward and that the spirit of the beast goes downward to the earth?

Julia Smith Translation

Who shall know the spirit of the sons of man? it ascending to above, and the spirit of cattle, it going downwards to the earth.

King James 2000

Who knows the spirit of man that goes upward, and the spirit of the beast that goes downward to the earth?

Lexham Expanded Bible

For no one knows [whether] the spirit of a human ascends [to heaven] and [whether] the spirit of the beast descends to the ground!

Modern King James verseion

Who knows the spirit of man that goes upward, and the spirit of the beast that goes downward?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the breath of the beast that goeth down into the earth?

NET Bible

Who really knows if the human spirit ascends upward, and the animal's spirit descends into the earth?

New Heart English Bible

Who knows the spirit of man, whether it goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, whether it goes downward to the earth?"

The Emphasized Bible

Who knoweth the spirit of the sons of men, whether it, ascendeth, above, - or the spirit of the beast, whether it, descendeth, below, to the earth?

Webster

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

Youngs Literal Translation

Who knoweth the spirit of the sons of man that is going up on high, and the spirit of the beast that is going down below to the earth?

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
the spirit
רוּח 
Ruwach 
Usage: 378

עלה 
`alah 
ירד 
Yarad 
Usage: 890
Usage: 378

and the spirit
רוּח 
Ruwach 
Usage: 378

of the beast
בּהמה 
B@hemah 
Usage: 190

מטּה 
Mattah 
Usage: 19

References

Context Readings

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

20 All go to one place. All are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. 21 Who knows the spirit of man, whether it goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, whether it goes downward to the earth?" 22 Therefore I saw that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his works; for that is his portion: for who can bring him to see what will be after him?


Cross References

Ecclesiastes 12:7

and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Luke 16:22-23

It happened that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried.

John 14:3

If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also.

Acts 1:25

to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas fell away, that he might go to his own place."

2 Corinthians 5:1

For we know that if the earthly house of our tent is dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens.

2 Corinthians 5:8

We are courageous, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord.

Philippians 1:23

But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.

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