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

 
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16 Moreover I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was 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 in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for he has appointed a time for every matter, and for every work. 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 in my heart with regard to the sons of men that God is testing them to show them 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. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts; 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 one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.
21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down 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 So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should enjoy his work, for that is his lot; who can bring him to see what will be 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?