I said in my heart concerning the issue of the sons of men, that God may test them and see that they by themselves are beasts.
For that which happens to the sons of men, and that which happens to beasts, even one event is to them. As this one dies, so that one dies; yea, one breath is
to all; so that there is to the man no
advantage over the beast; for all is vanity.
All go to one place; all are of the dust, and all return to the dust.
Who knows the spirit of the sons of man, whether it goes upward; and the spirit of the beast, whether it goes downward to the earth?
And I have seen that nothing is better than that the man should rejoice in his works; for that is his portion; for who can bring him to see what shall be after him?