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then man’s[a] dust will go back to the earth,
    returning to what it was,
        and the spirit[b] will return to the God who gave it.

“Utterly pointless,” says the Teacher.
    “Everything is pointless.”


Moreover, besides being wise himself, the Teacher taught people what he had learned by listening, making inquiries, and composing many proverbs.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 12:7 The Heb. lacks man’s
  2. Ecclesiastes 12:7 Or the breath of life