Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

Whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is.

King James Version

That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

Holman Bible

Whatever exists was given its name long ago, and it is known what man is. But he is not able to contend with the One stronger than he.

International Standard Version

Whatever exists has been named already; people know what it means to be human and a person cannot defeat one who is more powerful than he.

A Conservative Version

Whatever has been, the name of it was given long ago, and it is know what man is. Neither can he contend with him who is mightier than he.

American Standard Version

Whatsoever hath been, the name thereof was given long ago; and it is know what man is; neither can he contend with him that is mightier than he.

Amplified

Whatever exists has already been named [long ago], and it is known what [a frail being] man is; for he cannot dispute with Him who is mightier than he.

Bible in Basic English

That which is, has been named before, and of what man is there is knowledge. He has no power against one stronger than he.

Darby Translation

That which is hath already been named; and what man is, is known, and that he cannot contend with him that is mightier than he.

Julia Smith Translation

What was, its name was called already, and it was known that it is man: and he shall not be able to contend with the powerful above him.

King James 2000

Whatever has been is named already, and it is known that this is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Whatever is--it was already determined, {what will be--it has already been decided}. As for man, he cannot argue against what is more powerful than him.

Modern King James verseion

That which has been is named already, and it is known that he is man. And he is not able to contend with Him who is mightier than he.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

The thing that hath been is named already, and known - that it is man himself: neither may he go to law with him that is mightier than he.

NET Bible

Whatever has happened was foreordained, and what happens to a person was also foreknown. It is useless for him to argue with God about his fate because God is more powerful than he is.

New Heart English Bible

Whatever has been, its name was given long ago; and it is known what man is; neither can he contend with him who is mightier than he.

The Emphasized Bible

Whatsoever one may be, long ago, was he called by his name, and it is known that it is - Son of Earth, - he cannot, therefore, contend with one stronger than he.

Webster

That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

World English Bible

Whatever has been, its name was given long ago; and it is known what man is; neither can he contend with him who is mightier than he.

Youngs Literal Translation

What is that which hath been? already is its name called, and it is known that it is man, and he is not able to contend with him who is stronger than he.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
כּבר 
K@bar 
Usage: 9

that it is man
אדם 
'adam 
Usage: 541

יכול יכל 
Yakol 
Usage: 194

he contend
דּוּן דּין 
Diyn 
Usage: 24

with him that is mightier
תּקּיף 
Taqqiyph 
Usage: 1

References

Hastings

Context Readings

It Is Futile For Humans To Complain About God's Irresistible Will

9 What the eyes see is better than what the soul desires. This too is futility and a striving after wind. 10 Whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is. 11 For there are many words which increase futility. What then is the advantage to a man?


Cross References

Job 9:32

“For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him,
That we may go to court together.

Ecclesiastes 3:15

That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.

Job 40:2

“Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
Let him who reproves God answer it.”

Genesis 3:9

Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”

Genesis 3:17-19

Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.

Job 9:3-4

“If one wished to dispute with Him,
He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.

Job 14:1-4

Man, who is born of woman,
Is short-lived and full of turmoil.

Job 33:13

“Why do you complain against Him
That He does not give an account of all His doings?

Psalm 39:6

“Surely every man walks about as a phantom;
Surely they make an uproar for nothing;
He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

Psalm 82:6-7

I said, “You are gods,
And all of you are sons of the Most High.

Psalm 103:15

As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11

That which has been is that which will be,
And that which has been done is that which will be done.
So there is nothing new under the sun.

Isaiah 45:9-10

“Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker—
An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth!
Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’
Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands’?

Jeremiah 49:19

Behold, one will come up like a lion from the thickets of the Jordan against a perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I will make him run away from it, and whoever is chosen I shall appoint over it. For who is like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can stand against Me?”

Romans 9:19-20

You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?”

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