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Your body came from the earth.
    And when you die, it will return to the earth.
But your spirit came from God,
    and when you die, it will return to him.

Everything is so meaningless. The Teacher says that it is all a waste of time![a]

Final Words of Advice

The Teacher was very wise. He used his wisdom to teach the people. He very carefully studied and arranged[b] many wise teachings.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 12:8 meaningless … a waste of time The Hebrew word means “vapor,” “breath,” or “something that is useless, meaningless, empty, wrong, or a waste of time.”
  2. Ecclesiastes 12:9 arranged This Hebrew word means “to make straight,” “arrange,” “correct,” or “edit.”

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