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living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
New Defender's Study Bible Notes
9:5 dead know not. This does not mean that there is no future life or consciousness after death, but only that nothing more can be done to earn heavenly rewards. Even the greatest men are soon forgotten after they die; thus it is important to make one’s brief life span as productive for God as possible.