For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing befalls them: as the one dies, so dies the other; and they all have one breath; so that a man has no more breath than a beast: for all is vanity.
Nevertheless man will not abide forever in honour; he is like the beasts that are cut off.
For it is certain that we die and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither does God respect any person; yet he does devise means that his outcasts not be expelled from him.
But when man shall die and be cut off, and the man shall perish, where shall he be?
Behold, thou hast made my days as a handbreadth, and my age is as nothing before thee; verily every man that lives is altogether vanity. Selah.
Man that is in honour that does not understand is like the beasts that are cut off.
Remember how short my time is; why hast thou made all men subject to vanity?
A carnal man does not know, neither does a fool understand this:
Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled; thou takest away their spirit, they cease to exist and return to their dust.
The wise man has his eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness: And I myself also understood that one event happens to the one and to the other.
For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever, seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And also the wise man shall die the same as the fool.
Therefore my heart began to despair again regarding all the labour which I took under the sun.