That which has been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.
Treasury of Scripture
Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done...
Ecclesiastes 3:15 That which has been is now; and that which is to be has already been; and God requires that which is past.
Genesis 3:9,17-19 And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where are you...
Job 14:1-4 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble...
Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them.
Psalm 82:6,7 I have said, You are gods; and all of you are children of the most High...
Psalm 103:15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
Job 9:3,4,32 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand...
Job 33:13 Why do you strive against him? for he gives not account of any of his matters.
Job 40:2 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it.
Isaiah 45:9,10 Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth...
Jeremiah 49:19 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong...
Romans 9:19,20 You will say then to me, Why does he yet find fault? For who has resisted his will...
ContextThe Futility of Life
1There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: 2A man to whom God has given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he wants nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God gives him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eats it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease. 3If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he. 4For he comes in with vanity, and departs in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. 5Moreover he has not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this has more rest than the other. 6Yes, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet has he seen no good: do not all go to one place? 7All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. 8For what has the wise more than the fool? what has the poor, that knows to walk before the living? 9Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 10That which has been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. 11Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better? 12For who knows what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spends as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Whatsoever hath been, the name thereof was given long ago; and it is know what man is; neither can he contend with him that is mightier than he.
He that shall be, his name is already called: and it is known, that he is man, and cannot contend in judgment with him that is stronger than himself.
Darby Bible Translation
That which is hath already been named; and what man is, is known, and that he cannot contend with him that is mightier than he.
King James Bible
That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.
Young's Literal Translation
What is that which hath been? already is its name called, and it is known that it is man, and he is not able to contend with him who is stronger than he.