Parallel Verses

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?

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?

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 been named already; people know what it means to be human and a person cannot defeat one who is more powerful than he. 11 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?


Cross References

Psalm 73:6

Therefore pride is their necklace and violence covers them like a garment.

Ecclesiastes 1:6-9

The wind blows southward, then northward, constantly circulating, and the wind comes back again in its courses.

Ecclesiastes 1:17-18

So I dedicated myself to learn about wisdom and knowledge, and about insanity and foolishness. And I discovered that this is also like chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:3-11

I decided to indulge in wine, while still remaining committed to wisdom. I also tried to indulge in foolishness, just enough to determine whether it was good for human beings under heaven given the short time of their lives.

Ecclesiastes 3:19

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.

Ecclesiastes 4:1-4

Next I turned to consider all kinds of oppression that exists on earth. Look at the tears of the oppressed there is no one to comfort them. Power is on the side of their oppressors; so they have no comforters.

Ecclesiastes 4:8

Consider someone who is alone, having neither son nor brother. There is no end to all of his work, and he is never satisfied with wealth. "So for whom do I work," he asks, "and deprive myself of pleasure?" This, too, is pointless and a terrible tragedy.

Ecclesiastes 4:16

There was no end to all of his subjects or to all of the people who had come before them. But those who come along afterward will not be happy with him. This is also pointless and a chasing after wind.

Ecclesiastes 5:7

In spite of many daydreams, pointless actions, and empty words, it is more important to fear God.

Hosea 12:1

"Ephraim feeds on the wind, chasing after the eastern winds, storing up lies and desolation day after day. They are making a contract with the Assyrians, and sending oil to Egypt.

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