And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment--wickedness was there, in the place of justice--wickedness was there.
I thought in my heart, "God will bring to judgment1 both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed."2
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I also thought, "As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.3
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Man's fate4 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.
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All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.5
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Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward6 and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?"
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So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work,7 because that is his lot.8 For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?
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