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Ecclesiastes 3:20-22 Good News Translation (GNT)

20 They are both going to the same place—the dust. They both came from it; they will both go back to it. 21 How can anyone be sure that the human spirit goes upward while an animal's spirit goes down into the ground? 22 So I realized then that the best thing we can do is enjoy what we have worked for. There is nothing else we can do.[a] There is no way for us to know what will happen after we die.


  1. Ecclesiastes 3:22 what we have … do; or our work, because we are going to have to do it anyway.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Ecclesiastes 3:20-22 New International Version (NIV)

20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?

New International Version (NIV)

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