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 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.a

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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 breathb ; 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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