Ecclesiastes 3:11-22 NIV

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yeta no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

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    • c 3:11 - Or "also placed ignorance in the human heart, so that"
      12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
      13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

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      14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

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      15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.b

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        • d 3:15 - Or "God calls back the past"
          16 And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment—wickedness was there, in the place of justice—wickedness was there.
          17 I said to myself, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.”

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          18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.

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          19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breathc ; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless.

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            • e 3:19 - Or "spirit"
              20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.

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              21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

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              22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?

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