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20 Both go to the same place,
both come from the dust,
and to dust both return.
21 Who really knows if the human spirit[a] ascends upward,
and the animal’s spirit descends into the earth?”
22 So I perceived there is nothing better than for people[b] to enjoy their work,[c]
because that is their[d] reward;
for who can show them what the future holds?[e]

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 3:21 tn Heb “the spirit of the sons of man.”
  2. Ecclesiastes 3:22 tn Heb “man.”
  3. Ecclesiastes 3:22 tn Heb “his works.”
  4. Ecclesiastes 3:22 tn Heb “his.”
  5. Ecclesiastes 3:22 tn Heb “what will be after him” (cf. KJV, NASB, NIV) or “afterward” (cf. NJPS).

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