Bible: Ecclesiastes 3:10-15

3:10 I have observed the burden

that God has given to people 1  to keep them occupied.

3:11 God has made everything fit beautifully 2  in its appropriate time,

but 3  he has also placed ignorance 4  in the human heart 5 

so that 6  people 7  cannot discover what God has ordained, 8 

from the beginning to the end 9  of their lives. 10 

Enjoy Life in the Present

3:12 I have concluded 11  that there is nothing better for people 12 

than 13  to be happy and to enjoy

themselves 14  as long as they live,

3:13 and also that everyone should eat and drink, and find enjoyment in all his toil,

for these things 15  are a gift from God.

God’s Sovereignty

3:14 I also know that whatever God does will endure forever;

nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken away from it.

God has made it this way, so that men will fear him.

3:15 Whatever exists now has already been, and whatever will be has already been;

for God will seek to do again 16  what has occurred 17  in the past. 18 

NET Bible Study Environment