For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity.
"For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him.
"But man dies and lies prostrate Man expires, and where is he?
"Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.
Man in his pomp, yet without understanding, Is like the beasts that perish.
Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity You have created all the sons of men!
A senseless man has no knowledge, Nor does a stupid man understand this:
You hide Your face, they are dismayed; You take away their spirit, they expire And return to their dust.
The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness And yet I know that one fate befalls them both.
For there is no lasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten And how the wise man and the fool alike die!
Therefore I completely despaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun.