Parallel Verses

Darby Translation

Verily, man walketh in a vain show; verily they are disquieted in vain; he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

New American Standard Bible

"Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

King James Version

Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

Holman Bible

“Certainly, man walks about like a mere shadow.
Indeed, they frantically rush around in vain,
gathering possessions
without knowing who will get them.

International Standard Version

In fact, people walk around as shadows. Surely, they busy themselves for nothing, heaping up possessions but not knowing who will get them.

A Conservative Version

Surely every man walks in a shadow. Surely they are disquieted in vain. He heaps up, and knows not who shall gather them.

American Standard Version

Surely every man walketh in a vain show; Surely they are disquieted in vain: He heapeth up riches , and knoweth not who shall gather them.

Amplified

Surely every man walks to and fro -- "like a shadow in a pantomime; surely for futility and emptiness he is in turmoil; each one heaps up riches, not knowing who will gather them.

Bible in Basic English

Truly, every man goes on his way like an image; he is troubled for no purpose: he makes a great store of wealth, and has no knowledge of who will get it.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Surely man walks in darkness; surely they are disquieted in vain; they heap up riches not knowing who shall gather them.

Julia Smith Translation

Surely in a shadow a man will go about: surely they will be disquieted in vain: he will store up, and he knew not who shall gather them.

King James 2000

Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are in turmoil in vain: he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Surely a man walks about as a [mere] {shadow}; surely in vain they bustle about. He heaps up [possessions] but does not know who [will] gather them [in].

Modern King James verseion

Surely a man walks about like a shadow! Surely they are in an uproar in vain. He heaps up, and does not know who shall gather them.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Yea every man walketh as it were a shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain: he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.

NET Bible

Surely people go through life as mere ghosts. Surely they accumulate worthless wealth without knowing who will eventually haul it away."

New Heart English Bible

"Surely every man walks like a shadow. Surely they busy themselves in vain. He heaps up, and doesn't know who shall gather.

The Emphasized Bible

Surely as a shadow, doth every man wander, Surely in vain, do they bustle about, he heapeth things up, and knoweth not who shall gather them in.

Webster

Surely every man walketh in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

World English Bible

"Surely every man walks like a shadow. Surely they busy themselves in vain. He heaps up, and doesn't know who shall gather.

Youngs Literal Translation

Only, in an image doth each walk habitually, Only, in vain, they are disquieted, He heapeth up and knoweth not who gathereth them.

References

Fausets

Context Readings

The Fleeting Nature Of Life

5 Behold, thou hast made my days as hand-breadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before thee; verily, every man, even the high placed, is altogether vanity. Selah. 6 Verily, man walketh in a vain show; verily they are disquieted in vain; he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. 7 And now, what wait I for, Lord? my hope is in thee.


Cross References

Ecclesiastes 2:26

For he giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy; but to the sinner he giveth travail to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good in God's sight. This also is vanity and pursuit of the wind.

Luke 12:20-21

But God said to him, Fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; and whose shall be what thou hast prepared?

1 Corinthians 7:31

and they that use the world, as not disposing of it as their own; for the fashion of this world passes.

Job 27:16-17

Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare clothing as the clay;

Ecclesiastes 5:14

or those riches perish by some evil circumstance, and if he have begotten a son, there is nothing in his hand.

James 4:14

ye who do not know what will be on the morrow, (for what is your life? It is even a vapour, appearing for a little while, and then disappearing,)

Psalm 49:10-11

For he seeth that wise men die; all alike, the fool and the brutish perish, and they leave their wealth to others.

Psalm 127:2

It is vain for you to rise up early, to lie down late, to eat the bread of sorrows: so to his beloved one he giveth sleep.

Proverbs 13:22

A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children; but the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous man.

Proverbs 23:5

wilt thou set thine eyes upon it, it is gone; for indeed it maketh itself wings and it flieth away as an eagle towards the heavens.

Proverbs 27:24

for wealth is not for ever; and doth the crown endure from generation to generation?

Ecclesiastes 1:14

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and pursuit of the wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:8

I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces; I got me men-singers and women-singers, and the delights of the children of men, a wife and concubines.

Ecclesiastes 2:17-21

And I hated life; for the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all is vanity and pursuit of the wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:7-8

And I returned and saw vanity under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 6:11-12

For there are many things that increase vanity: what is man advantaged?

Ecclesiastes 12:8

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher: all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 12:13

Let us hear the end of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole of man.

Isaiah 55:2

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Luke 10:40-42

Now Martha was distracted with much serving, and coming up she said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Speak to her therefore that she may help me.

Luke 12:29

And ye, seek not what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink, and be not in anxiety;

James 5:3

Your gold and silver is eaten away, and their canker shall be for a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as fire. Ye have heaped up treasure in the last days.

1 Peter 1:24

Because all flesh is as grass, and all its glory as the flower of grass. The grass has withered and its flower has fallen;

1 Peter 5:7

having cast all your care upon him, for he cares about you.

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