18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.

Read Ecclesiastes 3:18 Using Other Translations

I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts.
I also thought about the human condition—how God proves to people that they are like animals.