Ecclesiastes 3:11-22 NAS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one's lifetime; 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.
13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor -it is the gift of God. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil--this is the gift of God.
14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. 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.
15 That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by. 15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.
16 Furthermore, I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is wickedness and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness. 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 judge both the righteous man and the wicked man," for a time for every matter and for every deed is there. 17 I thought in my heart, "God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed."
18 I said to myself concerning the sons of men, "God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts." 18 I also thought, "As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.
19 For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity. 19 Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless.
20 All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.
21 Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth? 21 Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?"
22 I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him? 22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?