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Ecclesiastes 9:7–12

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Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your winef with a joyful heart,g for God has already approved what you do. Always be clothed in white,h and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife,i whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lotj in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. 10 Whateverk your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,l for in the realm of the dead,m where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.n

11 I have seen something else under the sun:

The race is not to the swift

or the battle to the strong,o

nor does food come to the wisep

or wealth to the brilliant

or favor to the learned;

but time and chanceq happen to them all.r

12 Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come:

As fish are caught in a cruel net,

or birds are taken in a snare,

so people are trapped by evil timess

that fall unexpectedly upon them.t

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