Parallel Verses

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Look, you have made my life span fit in your hand; It is nothing compared to yours. Surely every person at their best is a puff of wind. Interlude 6 In fact, people walk around as shadows. Surely, they busy themselves for nothing, heaping up possessions but not knowing who will get them. 7 How long, LORD, will I wait expectantly? I have placed my hope in you.


Cross References

Ecclesiastes 2:26

After all, to the person who is good in God's sight, he gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy, but to the sinner he gives the troublesome task of acquiring and accumulating in order to leave it to someone who is good in the sight of God. This also is pointless and chasing after the wind.

Luke 12:20-21

But God told him, "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you. Now who will get the things you've accumulated?'

1 Corinthians 7:31

and those who use the things in the world as though they were not dependent on them. For the world in its present form is passing away.

Job 27:16-17

"Though he hoards silver like dust, and stores away garments like clay,

Ecclesiastes 5:14

and that wealth is lost in troubled circumstances. Then a son is born, but there is nothing left for him.

James 4:14

You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Psalm 49:10-11

Indeed, he will see wise people die; the stupid and the senseless will meet their doom and leave their wealth to others.

Psalm 127:2

It is useless to get up early and to stay up late, eating the food of exhausting labor truly he gives sleep to those he loves.

Proverbs 13:22

A good person leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren, but the wealth of the wicked is reserved for the righteous.

Proverbs 23:5

When you fix your gaze on it, it's gone, for it sprouts wings for itself and flies to the sky like an eagle.

Proverbs 27:24

because riches don't endure forever, and crowns don't last from one generation to the next.

Ecclesiastes 1:14

I observed every activity done on earth. My conclusion: all of it is pointless like chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:8

I also accumulated silver, gold, and the wealth of kings and their kingdoms. I gathered around me both male and female singers, along with what delights a man all sorts of mistresses.

Ecclesiastes 2:17-21

So I hated life, because whatever is done on earth causes me trouble it's all pointless, like chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:7-8

Then I turned to re-examine something else that is pointless on earth:

Ecclesiastes 6:11-12

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?

Ecclesiastes 12:8

"Utterly pointless," says the Teacher. "Everything is pointless."

Ecclesiastes 12:13

Let the conclusion of all of these thoughts be heard: Fear God and obey his commandments, for this is what it means to be human.

Isaiah 55:2

Why spend your money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in rich food.

Luke 10:40-42

But Martha was worrying about all the things she had to do, so she came to him and asked, "Lord, you do care that my sister has left me to do the work all by myself, don't you? Then tell her to help me."

Luke 12:29

"So stop concerning yourselves about what you will eat or what you will drink, and stop being distressed,

James 5:3

your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be used as evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have stored up treasures in these last days.

1 Peter 1:24

For "All human life is like grass, and all its glory is like a flower in the grass. The grass dries up and the flower drops off,

1 Peter 5:7

Throw all your worry on him, because he cares for you.

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