Ecclesiastes 3:16-22 NIV

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 judgment1 both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed."2

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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.3

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19 Man's fate4 is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breatha; 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.5

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      21 Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward6 and if the spirit of the animalb 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,7 because that is his lot.8 For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?

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