Ecclesiastes 3:19
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New International Version
Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless.


New American Standard Bible
For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity.


King James Bible
For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the fate of people and the fate of animals is the same. As one dies, so dies the other; they all have the same breath. People have no advantage over animals since everything is futile.


International Standard Version
For what happens to people also happens to animals—a single event happens to them: just as someone dies, so does the other. In fact, they all breathe the same way, so that a human being has no superiority over an animal. All of this is pointless.


American Standard Version
For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; and man hath no preeminence above the beasts: for all is vanity.


Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore the death of man, and of beasts is one, and the condition of them both is equal: as man dieth, so they also die: all things breathe alike, and man hath nothing more than beast: all things are subject to vanity.


Darby Bible Translation
For what befalleth the children of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other, and they have all one breath; and man hath no pre-eminence above the beast: for all is vanity.


Young's Literal Translation
For an event is to the sons of man, and an event is to the beasts, even one event is to them; as the death of this, so is the death of that; and one spirit is to all, and the advantage of man above the beast is nothing, for the whole is vanity.
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Context
From Dust to Dust

16And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. 17I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. 18I said in my heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. 19For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing befalls them: as the one dies, so dies the other; yes, they have all one breath; so that a man has no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. 20All go to one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. 21Who knows the spirit of man that goes upward, and the spirit of the beast that goes downward to the earth? 22Why I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?
Cross References
Numbers 16:29
If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD has not sent me.


Psalm 49:12
Nevertheless man being in honor stays not: he is like the beasts that perish.


Psalm 49:20
Man that is in honor, and understands not, is like the beasts that perish.


Ecclesiastes 2:14
The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walks in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happens to them all.


Ecclesiastes 7:2
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.


Ecclesiastes 9:2
All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrifices, and to him that sacrifices not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that swears, as he that fears an oath.


Ecclesiastes 9:12
For man also knows 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 falls suddenly on them.


Treasury of Scripture

For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing befalls them: as the one dies, so dies the other; yes, they have all one breath; so that a man has no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

that which

Ecclesiastes 2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever...

Psalm 49:12,20 Nevertheless man being in honor stays not: he is like the beasts that perish...

Psalm 92:6,7 A brutish man knows not; neither does a fool understand this...

as the

2 Samuel 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither does God respect any person...

Job 14:10-12 But man dies, and wastes away: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he...

Psalm 104:29 You hide your face, they are troubled: you take away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

for

Ecclesiastes 2:20-23 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labor which I took under the sun...

Psalm 39:5,6 Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you...

Psalm 89:47,48 Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain...

Strong's Concordance
For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all [is] vanity.
Topical Bible
Advantage Animal Animals Awaits Beast Beasts Befalleth Breath Death Dies Dieth Event Fate Happens Higher Indeed Meaningless Nothing Preeminence Pre-eminence Purpose Sons Spirit Vanity Yea Yes
Resources
Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 Verse 19

Alphabetical: advantage All and animal animals As awaits beast beasts both breath dies Everything fate For has have indeed is like man Man's meaningless men no of one other over same so sons that the them there they vanity

OT Poetry: Ecclesiastes 3:19 For that which happens to the sons (Ecclesiast. Ec Ecc Eccles.)
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