From Dust to Dust
Moreover o I saw under the sun:
In the place of judgment,
Wickedness was there;
And in the place of righteousness,
Iniquity was there.
I said in my heart,
p "God shall judge the righteous and the wicked,
For there is a time there for every purpose and for every work."
I said in my heart, "Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals."
q For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity.
All go to one place: r all are from the dust, and all return to dust.
s Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?
t So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for u that is his heritage. v For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not remain; He is like the beasts that perish.
A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, Is like the beasts that perish.
I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.
For there is no more remembrance of the wise than of the fool forever, Since all that now is will be forgotten in the days to come. And how does a wise man die? As the fool!
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.
For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.
Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.
Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; And this was my reward from all my labor.
For who knows what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he passes like a shadow? Who can tell a man what will happen after him under the sun?
For he does not know what will happen; So who can tell him when it will occur?