Ecclesiastes 3:18
Good News Translation
I decided that God is testing us, to show us that we are no better than animals.

Contemporary English Version
I know God is testing us to show us that we are merely animals.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I said in my heart concerning the sons of men, that God would prove them, and shew them to be like beasts.

New American Bible
I said in my heart: As for human beings, it is God’s way of testing them and of showing that they are in themselves like beasts.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I said in my heart concerning the sons of men, that God would prove them, and shew them to be like beasts.

concerning

Genesis 3:17-19 And to Adam he said: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee, that thou shouldst not eat, cursed is the earth in thy work: with labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life. . . .

Job 14:1-4 Man born of a woman, living for a short time, is filled with many miseries. . . .

Job 15:16 How much more is man abominable, and unprofitable, who drinketh iniquity like water?

Psalm 49:14,19,20 They are laid in hell like sheep: death shall feed upon them. And the just shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their help shall decay in hell from their glory. . . .

Psalm 73:18,19 But indeed for deceits thou hast put it to them: when they were lifted up thou hast cast them down. . . .

Psalm 90:5-12 Things that are counted nothing, shall their years be. . . .

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment:

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass and all the glory thereof as the flower of grass. The grass is withered and the flower thereof is fallen away.

that God

Job 40:8 Wilt thou make void my judgment: and condemn me, that thou mayst be justified?

Psalm 51:4 To thee only have I sinned, and have done evil before thee: that thou mayst be justified in thy words, and mayst overcome when thou art judged.

Romans 3:4 But God is true and every man a liar, as it is written: That thou mayest be justified in thy words and mayest overcome when thou art judged.

Romans 9:23 That he might shew the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy which he hath prepared unto glory?

and that

Psalm 73:22 And I am brought to nothing, and I knew not.

2 Peter 2:12 But these men, as irrational beasts, naturally tending to the snare and to destruction, blaspheming those things which they know not, shall perish in their corruption:

Context
From Dust to Dust
17And I said in my heart: God shall judge both the just and the wicked, and then shall be the time of every thing. 18I said in my heart concerning the sons of men, that God would prove them, and shew them to be like beasts.19Therefore the death of man, and of beasts is one, and the condition of them both is equal: as man dieth, so they also die: all things breathe alike, and man hath nothing more than beast: all things are subject to vanity.…
Cross References
Psalm 49:12
And man when he was in honour did not understand; he is compared to senseless beasts, and is become like to them.

Psalm 49:20
Man when he was in honour did not understand: he hath been compared to senseless beasts, and made like to them.

Psalm 73:22
And I am brought to nothing, and I knew not.

Additional Translations
I said to myself, “As for the sons of men, God tests them so that they may see for themselves that they are but beasts.”I said in my heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

I said in my heart, It is because of the sons of men, that God may prove them, and that they may see that they themselves are but as beasts.

I said in my heart, concerning the speech of the sons of man, God will judge them, and that to shew that they are breasts.

I said in my heart, It is thus with the children of men, that God may prove them, and that they should see that they themselves are but beasts.

I said in mine heart, It is because of the sons of men, that God may prove them, and that they may see that they themselves are but as beasts.

I said in my heart concerning the state of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

I said in my heart, "As for the sons of men, God tests them, so that they may see that they themselves are like animals.

I said in my heart concerning the matter of the sons of man that God might cleanse them, so as to see that they themselves are beasts.
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