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“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”

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Ecclesiastes 9:10 Translation & Meaning

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Whatsoever כֹּ֠ל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) Whatsoever
thy hand יָֽדְךָ֛ A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hand
findeth תִּמְצָ֧א Properly, to come forth to, i.e., appear or exist; transitively, to attain, i.e., find or acquire; figuratively, to occur, meet or be present findeth
to do, לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application do
do עֲשֵׂ֑ה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application do
it (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
with thy might; בְּכֹחֲךָ֖ Vigor, literally (force, in a good or a bad sense) or figuratively (capacity, means, produce); also (from its hardiness) a large lizard might
for כִּי֩ (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
there is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
no אֵ֨ין A nonentity; generally used as a negative particle no
work, מַעֲשֶׂ֤ה An action (good or bad); generally, a transaction; abstractly, activity; by implication, a product (specifically, a poem) or (generally) property work
nor device, וְחֶשְׁבּוֹן֙ Properly, contrivance; by implication, intelligence device
nor knowledge, וְדַ֣עַת Knowledge knowledge
nor wisdom, וְחָכְמָ֔ה Wisdom (in a good sense) wisdom
in the grave, בִּשְׁא֕וֹל Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates grave
whither אֲשֶׁ֥ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc whither
thou אַתָּ֖ה Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you thou
goest. הֹלֵ֥ךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) goest

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  • 8  Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.

  • 9  Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.

  • 10  Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

  • 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 favour 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; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.


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