Parallel Verses

New Heart English Bible

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

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?

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, its name was given long ago; and it is known what man is; neither can he contend with him who is mightier than he. 11 For there are many words that create vanity. What does that profit man? 12 For who knows what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he spends 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 like a chain around their neck. Violence covers them like a garment.

Ecclesiastes 1:6-9

The wind goes toward the south, and turns around to the north. It turns around continually as it goes, and the wind returns again to its courses.

Ecclesiastes 1:17-18

I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also was a chasing after wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:3-11

I searched in my heart how to cheer my flesh with wine, my heart yet guiding me with wisdom, and how to lay hold of folly, until I might see what it was good for the sons of men that they should do under heaven all the days of their lives.

Ecclesiastes 3:19

For that which happens to the sons of men happens to animals. Even one thing happens to them. As the one dies, so the other dies. Yes, they have all one breath; and man has no advantage over the animals: for all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 4:1-4

Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold, the tears of those who 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 who is alone, and he has neither son nor brother. There is no end to all of his labor, neither are his eyes satisfied with wealth. For whom then, do I labor, and deprive my soul of enjoyment? This also is vanity, yes, it is a miserable business.

Ecclesiastes 4:16

There was no end of all the people, even of all them over whom he was?yet those who come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a chasing after wind.

Ecclesiastes 5:7

For in the multitude of dreams there are vanities, as well as in many words: but you must fear God.

Hosea 12:1

Ephraim feeds on wind, and chases the east wind. He continually multiplies lies and desolation. They make a covenant with Assyria, and oil is carried into Egypt.

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