[b-hebrew] Ecc 9:12

Kirk Lowery Kirk at GrovesCenter.org
Wed Mar 28 07:23:41 EDT 2012

On 03/27/2012 01:55 AM, Pere Porta wrote:
> Dear b-hebrew listers,
> Ecc 9:12 -- Literally the Hebrew says: "Moreover, man does not know his
> time..........".
> I remark that the first seven words in Ecc 9:12 are often understood  -as
> shown in several translations-  as "the humans do not know when they will
> die".
> Do you feel this is a misunderstanding of the text?
> What does the Hebrew text really mean?

Certainly death is one event that one (generally) does not know when it
will occur.

But don't you think Qohelet has chapter three's poem on time in mind?


Kirk E. Lowery, PhD
President & Senior Research Fellow
The J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research
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