22 It is all one; therefore I say,
    ‘He (A)destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’

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Death Comes to All

But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, (A)how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are (B)in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. (C)It is the same for all, since (D)the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil,[a] to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As the good one is, so is the sinner, and he who (E)swears is as he who shuns an oath. This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that (F)the same event happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and (G)madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 9:2 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew lacks and the evil

And he answered them, (A)“Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you (B)repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in (C)Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?

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and say to the land of Israel, Thus says the Lord: (A)Behold, I am against you and will draw (B)my sword from its sheath and (C)will cut off from you both righteous and wicked. Because I will cut off from you both righteous and wicked, therefore my sword shall be drawn from its sheath against all flesh from south to north.

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(A)Your hands fashioned and made me,
    and now you have destroyed me altogether.

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