3 There is a timeg for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to plant and a time to uproot,h
3 a time to killi and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to be silentj and a time to speak,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil?k 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.l 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.m He has also set eternity in the human heart; yeta no one can fathomn what God has done from beginning to end.o 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink,p and find satisfactionq in all their toil—this is the gift of God.r 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 people will fear him.s
15 Whatever is has already been,t
and what will be has been before;u
and God will call the past to account.b
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
in the place of justice—wickedness was there.
“God will bring into judgmentv
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time to judge every deed.”w
18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.x 19 Surely the fate of human beingsy is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breathc; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.z 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upwarda and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”
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