1 I thought long and hard about all this and saw that God controls the actions of wise and righteous people, even their love and their hate. No one knows anything about what lies ahead.
2 It makes no difference. The same fate comes to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the bad, to those who are religious and those who are not, to those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. A good person is no better off than a sinner; one who takes an oath is no better off than one who does not.

References for Ecclesiastes 9:2

    • a 9:2 - hate. No one . . . difference; [or] hate, but no one knows whether it is out of love or hate. +V2+WIt makes no difference what lies ahead of us.
    • b 9:2 - [Some ancient translations] and the bad; [Hebrew does not have these words.]
      3 One fate comes to all alike, and this is as wrong as anything that happens in this world. As long as people live, their minds are full of evil and madness, and suddenly they die.