There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?
All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust. Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth? I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him?
Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward. Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.
The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
1. God is God.
2. You’re going to die.
3. So, do your duty. Fear God and keep His commandments.
4. And enjoy His gift, the enjoyment of your food, drink, and work.
That’s how to spend this brief life, according to Solomon. It’s simple, straightforward.
Do your duty under God. Fear Him like any sane man should, and do everything He tells you to do in the Good Book. Enjoy all the work you put your hands to. Raise a glass and enjoy what’s on your plate.
And, then, go and die.