Parallel Verses

American Standard Version

For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare, even so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

New American Standard Bible

Moreover, man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.

King James Version

For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

Holman Bible

For man certainly does not know his time: like fish caught in a cruel net or like birds caught in a trap, so people are trapped in an evil time as it suddenly falls on them.

International Standard Version

In addition, no human being knows his time: Like fish captured in a cruel net, or as birds caught in a snare, so also are human beings caught by bad timing that surprises them.

A Conservative Version

For man also does not know his time. As the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare, even so are the sons of men snared in an evil time when it falls suddenly upon them.

Amplified

For man also does not know his time [of death]; like fish caught in a treacherous net, and birds caught in the snare, so the sons of men are ensnared in an evil time when a dark cloud suddenly falls on them.

Bible in Basic English

Even man has no knowledge of his time; like fishes taken in an evil net, or like birds taken by deceit, are the sons of men taken in an evil time when it comes suddenly on them.

Darby Translation

For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are taken with the snare, like them are the children of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

Julia Smith Translation

For also man knew not his time: as the fishes being laid hold of in an evil net, and as the birds laid hold of in the snare, as they, the sons of men being snared for an evil time, as it will fall upon them suddenly.

King James 2000

For man also knows not his time: as the fish that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly upon them.

Lexham Expanded Bible

For man does not know his time. Just as fish are caught in a cruel net and like birds who are seized in a snare, so also {humans} are ensnared at a cruel time when it falls suddenly upon them.

Modern King James verseion

For man also does not know his time; as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly on them.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

For man knoweth not his time, but like as the fish are taken with the angle and as the birds are caught with the snare: Even so are men taken in the perilous time, when it cometh suddenly upon them.

NET Bible

Surely, no one knows his appointed time! Like fish that are caught in a deadly net, and like birds that are caught in a snare -- just like them, all people are ensnared at an unfortunate time that falls upon them suddenly.

New Heart English Bible

For man also doesn't know his time. As the fish that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare, even so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly on them.

The Emphasized Bible

For, indeed, man could not know his own time, like fishes which were caught in a cruel net, and like little birds which were caught in a trap, - like them, were ensnared the sons of men, by a time of misfortune, when it fell upon them suddenly.

Webster

For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

World English Bible

For man also doesn't know his time. As the fish that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare, even so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly on them.

Youngs Literal Translation

For even man knoweth not his time; as fish that are taken hold of by an evil net, and as birds that are taken hold of by a snare, like these are the sons of man snared at an evil time, when it falleth upon them suddenly.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
אדם 
'adam 
Usage: 541

not his time
עת 
`eth 
Usage: 296

as the fishes
דּאג דּגo 
Dag 
Usage: 19

אחז 
'achaz 
Usage: 66

net
מצדה מצודה מצוד 
Matsowd 
Usage: 5

and as the birds
צפּר צפּור 
Tsippowr 
Usage: 40

אחז 
'achaz 
Usage: 66

in the snare
פּח 
Pach 
Usage: 27

so
המּה הם 
hem 
Usage: 517

of men
אדם 
'adam 
Usage: 541

יקשׁ 
Yaqosh 
Usage: 9

עת 
`eth 
Usage: 296

פּתאם פּתאום 
Pith'owm 
Usage: 25

References

American

Easton

Fausets

Hastings

Images Ecclesiastes 9:12

Prayers for Ecclesiastes 9:12

Context Readings

The Injustice Of Time And Chance

11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. 12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare, even so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them. 13 I have also seen wisdom under the sun on this wise, and it seemed great unto me:


Cross References

Proverbs 29:6

In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare; But the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

1 Thessalonians 5:3

When they are saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall in no wise escape.

Job 18:8-10

For he is cast into a net by his own feet, And he walketh upon the toils.

Psalm 11:6

Upon the wicked he will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.

Psalm 73:18-20

Surely thou settest them in slippery places: Thou castest them down to destruction.

Proverbs 6:15

Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; On a sudden shall he be broken, and that without remedy.

Proverbs 7:22-23

He goeth after her straightway, As an ox goeth to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the correction of the fool;

Ecclesiastes 8:5-7

Whoso keepeth the commandment shall know no evil thing; and a wise man's heart discerneth time and judgment:

Ecclesiastes 8:11

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

Isaiah 30:13

therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly in an instant.

Habakkuk 1:14-17

and makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

Luke 12:20

But God said unto him, Thou foolish one, this night is thy soul required of thee; and the things which thou hast prepared, whose shall they be?

Luke 12:39

But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not have left his house to be broken through.

Luke 17:26-31

And as it came to pass in the days of Noah, even so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

Luke 19:42-44

saying, If thou hadst known in this day, even thou, the things which belong unto peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

Luke 21:34-36

But take heed to yourselves, lest haply your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come on you suddenly as a snare:

2 Corinthians 6:2

(for he saith, At an acceptable time I hearkened unto thee, And in a day of salvation did I succor thee: behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation):

2 Timothy 2:26

and they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him unto his will.

1 Peter 2:12

having your behavior seemly among the Gentiles; that, wherein they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

2 Peter 2:12

But these, as creatures without reason, born mere animals to be taken and destroyed, railing in matters whereof they are ignorant, shall in their destroying surely be destroyed,

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