For no one knows what will happen, because who can tell him when it will happen? Bible

“when.” The Hebrew text reads “when,” but the Aramaic and Vulgate amend that to “what” (sometimes translated “how”), but the emendation is unnecessary. While it is true that we often don’t know what, in this context the timing seems to be the major issue. For example, we know we will die, we just don’t know when.

Commentary for: Ecclesiastes 8:7