He has 1madeeverythingaappropriate in its time. He has alsoseteternity in their heart, byetso that man2will not find out the workwhichGod has done from the beginning even to the end.
I know that there is 3nothingbetter for them than to rejoice and to dogood in one's lifetime;
13moreover, that everymanwhoeats and drinksseesgood in all his labor -it is the 4gift of God.
I know that everythingGoddoes will remainforever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should c5fear Him.
That 6which is has beenalready and that which will be has alreadybeen, for Godseeks what has passed by.
16Furthermore, I have seenunder the sun that in the place of justicethere is 7wickedness and in the place of righteousnessthere is wickedness.
I saiddto myself, "8God will judge both the righteousman and the wickedman," for a 9time for everyematter and for everydeed is there.
I saidfto myselfconcerning the sons of men, "God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but 10beasts."
1911For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beastsgis the same. As onediessodies the other; indeed, they all have the samebreath and there is noadvantage for manoverbeast, for all is hvanity.
20Allgo to the sameplace. Allcame from the 12dust and allreturn to the dust.
21Whoknows that the 13breath of manascendsupward and the breath of the beastdescendsdownward to the earth?
I have seen that 14nothing is betterthan that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see15what will occurafter him?