ECCLESIASTES 3:12-4:6

A (12) I know that there is no good <02896> in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good <02896> in his life.

B (13) And also that every man should eat and drink,

C (13) and enjoy the good of all his labour<05999>, it is the gift of God.

D (14) I know that, whatsoever God doeth <06213>, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

E (15) That which hath been is now <03528>; and that which is to be hath already <03528> been; and God requireth that which is past.

F (16) And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.

G (17) I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

H (18) I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men,

I (18) that God might manifest them, and that they might see <07200> that they themselves are beasts.

J (19) For that which befalleth the sons <01121> of men <0120> befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man <0120> hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

K (20) All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

J1 (21) Who knoweth the spirit of man <01121> <0120> that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

I1 (22) Wherefore I perceive <07200>that there is nothing better,

H1 (22)than that a man should rejoice

G1 (22) in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

F1 (1) So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

E1 (2) Wherefore I praised the dead which are already <03528> dead more than the living which are yet alive.

D1 (3) Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done <06213> under the sun.

C1 (4) Again, I considered all travail <05999>, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

B1 (5) The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.

A1 (4:6) Better <02896> is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

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