I took another good look at what's going on: The very place of judgment - corrupt!
The place of righteousness - corrupt! I said to myself, "God will judge righteous and wicked." There's a right time for every thing, every deed - and there's no getting around it.
I said to myself regarding the human race, "God's testing the lot of us, showing us up as nothing but animals."
Humans and animals come to the same end - humans die, animals die. We all breathe the same air. So there's really no advantage in being human. None. Everything's smoke.
We all end up in the same place - we all came from dust, we all end up as dust.
Nobody knows for sure that the human spirit rises to heaven or that the animal spirit sinks into the earth.
So I made up my mind that there's nothing better for us men and women than to have a good time in whatever we do - that's our lot. Who knows if there's anything else to life?
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)