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Find joy in living with your wife whom you love every day of your pointless life that God[a] gave you on earth, because this is your life assignment and your work to do on earth. 10 Whatever the activity in which you engage, do it with all your ability, because there is no work, no planning, no learning, and no wisdom in the next world[b] where you’re going.

11 I considered and observed on earth the following:

The race doesn’t go to the swift,
    nor the battle to the strong,
nor food to the wise,
    nor wealth to the smart,
nor recognition to the skilled.
    Instead, timing and circumstances meet them all.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 9:9 Lit. he
  2. Ecclesiastes 9:10 Lit. in Sheol; i.e. the realm of the dead