Ecclesiastes 3:16-22 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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16 I took another good look at what's going on: The very place of judgment - corrupt! 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 The place of righteousness - corrupt! I said to myself, "God will judge righteous and wicked." There's a right time for every thing, every deed - and there's no getting around it. 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 regarding the human race, "God's testing the lot of us, showing us up as nothing but animals." 18 I also thought, "As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.
19 Humans and animals come to the same end - humans die, animals die. We all breathe the same air. So there's really no advantage in being human. None. Everything's smoke. 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 We all end up in the same place - we all came from dust, we all end up as dust. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.
21 Nobody knows for sure that the human spirit rises to heaven or that the animal spirit sinks into 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 So I made up my mind that there's nothing better for us men and women than to have a good time in whatever we do - that's our lot. Who knows if there's anything else to life? 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?