Parallel Verses

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Again I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, or bread to the wise, or riches to the discerning, or favor to the skillful; rather, time and chance happen to all of them. 12 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. 13 I have observed that this also is wisdom under the sun, and it is significant to me:


Cross References

Proverbs 29:6

An evil man is caught by sin,
but the righteous one sings and rejoices.

1 Thessalonians 5:3

When they say, “Peace and security,” then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains come on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Job 18:8-10

For his own feet lead him into a net,
and he strays into its mesh.

Psalm 11:6

He will rain burning coals and sulfur on the wicked;
a scorching wind will be their portion.

Psalm 73:18-20

Indeed, You put them in slippery places;
You make them fall into ruin.

Proverbs 6:15

Therefore calamity will strike him suddenly;
he will be shattered instantly—beyond recovery.

Proverbs 7:22-23

He follows her impulsively
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer bounding toward a trap

Ecclesiastes 8:5-7

The one who keeps a command will not experience anything harmful, and a wise heart knows the right time and procedure.

Ecclesiastes 8:11

Because the sentence against a criminal act is not carried out quickly, the heart of people is filled with the desire to commit crime.

Isaiah 30:13

this iniquity of yours will be
like a spreading breach,
a bulge in a high wall
whose collapse will come in an instant—suddenly!

Habakkuk 1:14-17

You have made mankind
like the fish of the sea,
like marine creatures that have no ruler.

Luke 12:20

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared—whose will they be?’

Luke 12:39

But know this: If the homeowner had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.

Luke 17:26-31

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man:

Luke 19:42-44

saying, “If you knew this day what would bring peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.

Luke 21:34-36

“Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly

2 Corinthians 6:2

For He says:

I heard you in an acceptable time,
and I helped you in the day of salvation.


Look, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.

2 Timothy 2:26

Then they may come to their senses and escape the Devil’s trap, having been captured by him to do his will.

1 Peter 2:12

Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they will, by observing your good works, glorify God on the day of visitation.

2 Peter 2:12

But these people, like irrational animals—creatures of instinct born to be caught and destroyed—speak blasphemies about things they don’t understand, and in their destruction they too will be destroyed,

Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers.

International Standard Version Copyright © 1996-2008 by the ISV Foundation.

New American Standard Bible Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved. For Permission to Quote Information visit http://www.lockman.org

NET Bible copyright © 1996-2006 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. NetBible

Basic English, produced by Mr C. K. Ogden of the Orthological Institute - public domain