Parallel Verses

King James 2000

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

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

Seeing that there are [all these and] many other things and words that increase the emptiness, falsity, vainglory, and futility [of living], what profit and what outcome is there for 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?

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Certainly the many words multiply vanity, what more does man have?

Julia Smith Translation

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

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 has been is named already, and it is known that this is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. 11 Since there are many things that increase vanity, how is man the better? 12 For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends like a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?


Cross References

Psalm 73:6

Therefore pride surrounds them as a chain; violence covers them as a garment.

Ecclesiastes 1:6-9

The wind goes toward the south, and turns about unto the north; it whirls about continually, and the wind returns again according to its circuit.

Ecclesiastes 1:17-18

And I set my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is like grasping the wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:3-11

I sought in my heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting my heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men, which they should do under heaven all the days of their life.

Ecclesiastes 3:19

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.

Ecclesiastes 4:1-4

So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

Ecclesiastes 4:8

There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he has neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labor; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither says he, For whom do I labor, and deprive my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a heavy travail.

Ecclesiastes 4:16

There is no end of all the people, even of all that have been before them: they also that come after him shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and grasping after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 5:7

For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also many vanities: but you fear God.

Hosea 12:1

Ephraim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind: he daily increases lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.

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