Ecclesiastes 3:14-22 NIV

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 men will revere him.1

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15 Whatever is has already been,2 and what will be has been before;3 and God will call the past to account.a

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    • a 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 thought in my heart, "God will bring to judgment4 both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed."5

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      18 I also thought, "As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.6

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      19 Man's fate7 is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breathb; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless.

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        • b 3:19 - Or "spirit"
          20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.8

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          21 Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward9 and if the spirit of the animalc goes down into the earth?"

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            • c 3:21 - Or "Who knows the spirit of man, which rises upward, or the spirit of the animal, which"
              22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work,10 because that is his lot.11 For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?

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