Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

For there are many words which increase futility. What then is the advantage to a man?

King James Version

Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?

Holman Bible

For when there are many words, they increase futility. What is the advantage for man?

International Standard Version

Because many words lead to pointlessness, how do people benefit from this? 12Who knows what is best for people in this life, every day of their pointless lives that they pass through like a shadow? Who informs people on earth what will come along after them?

A Conservative Version

Since there are many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?

American Standard Version

Seeing there are many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?

Amplified

For there are many other words that increase futility. What then is the advantage for a man?

Bible in Basic English

There are words without number for increasing what is to no purpose, but what is man profited by them?

Darby Translation

For there are many things that increase vanity: what is man advantaged?

Julia Smith Translation

For there is many words increasing vanity, what shall remain to man?

King James 2000

Since there are many things that increase vanity, how is man the better?

Lexham Expanded Bible

{Increasing words only multiplies futility}, how does that profit anyone?

Modern King James verseion

For there are many things that increase vanity, and what is man the better?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Many things there be that increase vanity, and what hath a man else?

NET Bible

The more one argues with words, the less he accomplishes. How does that benefit him?

New Heart English Bible

For there are many words that create vanity. What does that profit man?

The Emphasized Bible

Seeing there are things in abundance which make vanity abound, what profit hath man?

Webster

Seeing there are many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?

World English Bible

For there are many words that create vanity. What does that profit man?

Youngs Literal Translation

For there are many things multiplying vanity; what advantage is to man?

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
ישׁ 
Yesh 
is, be, have, there,
Usage: 135

רבה 
Rabah 
Usage: 224

דּבר 
Dabar 
Usage: 1438

הבל הבל 
hebel 
Usage: 73

what is man
אדם 
'adam 
Usage: 541

Questions on Ecclesiastes 6:11

Verse Info

Context Readings

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

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? 12 For who knows what is good for a man during his lifetime, during the few years of his futile life? He will spend them like a shadow. For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?


Cross References

Psalm 73:6

Therefore pride is their necklace;
The garment of violence covers them.

Ecclesiastes 1:6-9

Blowing toward the south,
Then turning toward the north,
The wind continues swirling along;
And on its circular courses the wind returns.

Ecclesiastes 1:17-18

And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:3-11

I explored with my mind how to stimulate my body with wine while my mind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of folly, until I could see what good there is for the sons of men to do under heaven the few years of their lives.

Ecclesiastes 3:19

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.

Ecclesiastes 4:1-4

Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.

Ecclesiastes 4:8

There was a certain man without a dependent, having neither a son nor a brother, yet there was no end to all his labor. Indeed, his eyes were not satisfied with riches and he never asked, “And for whom am I laboring and depriving myself of pleasure?” This too is vanity and it is a grievous task.

Ecclesiastes 4:16

There is no end to all the people, to all who were before them, and even the ones who will come later will not be happy with him, for this too is vanity and striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 5:7

For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God.

Hosea 12:1

Ephraim feeds on wind,
And pursues the east wind continually;
He multiplies lies and violence.
Moreover, he makes a covenant with Assyria,
And oil is carried to Egypt.

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