18 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.”

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18 I said [a]to myself regarding the sons of mankind, “God is testing them in order for them to see that they are as (A)animals, they to themselves.”

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  1. Ecclesiastes 3:18 Lit in my heart

18 I said to myself regarding the sons of men, “God is surely testing them in order for them to see that [by themselves, without God] they are [only] animals.”

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

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18 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.

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22 (A)I was so foolish and ignorant;
I was like a beast before You.

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22 Then I was (A)stupid and ignorant;
I was like an (B)animal [a]before You.

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  1. Psalm 73:22 Lit with You

22 
Then I was senseless and ignorant;
I was like a beast before You.

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22 I was senseless(A) and ignorant;
    I was a brute beast(B) before you.

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22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

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12 Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not [a]remain;
He is like the beasts that perish.

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  1. Psalm 49:12 So with MT, Tg.; LXX, Syr., Vg. understand (cf. v. 20)

12 But (A)man in his splendor will not endure;
He is like the animals that [a]perish.

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  1. Psalm 49:12 Lit are destroyed

12 
But man, with all his [self] honor and pomp, will not endure;
He is like the beasts that perish.

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12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;(A)
    they are like the beasts that perish.(B)

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12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

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20 A man who is in honor, yet does not understand,
(A)Is like the beasts that perish.

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20 (A)Mankind in its splendor, yet without understanding,
Is (B)like the animals that [a]perish.

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  1. Psalm 49:20 Lit are destroyed

20 
A man [who is held] in honor,
Yet who lacks [spiritual] understanding and a teachable heart, is like the beasts that perish.

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20 People who have wealth but lack understanding(A)
    are like the beasts that perish.(B)

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20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

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