Moreover I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness.
I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for he has appointed a time for every matter, and for every work.
I said in my heart with regard to the sons of men that God is testing them to show them that they are but beasts.
For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts; for all is vanity.
All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again.
Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down to the earth?
So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should enjoy his work, for that is his lot; who can bring him to see what will be after him?
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