“Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice there was wickedness, and that in the place of righteousness wickedness was there.” Ecclesiastes 3:16 Amplified
The book of Ecclesiastes is one mans search for the meaning of life, most believe the writer was Solomon. In the third chapter he states, “to everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven.” Then he goes on to list some of the things we have seen and will always see – life & death, war & peace, weeping & laughter, and so on. By the 16th verse he has the comparison of justice & righteousness with wickedness. This is an eternal matter, he goes onto say in verse 17, “God will judge the righteous and the wicked.” In verse 18 he says, “God is trying, separating & sifting them, that they may see that by themselves, under the sun, without God, they are but like beasts.”
Interestingly, the name Ecclesiastes means Preacher and he concludes his book by saying, “All has been heard, the end of the matter is: Fear God, revere and worship Him, knowing that He is and keeping His commandments, for this is the whole of man (the full, original purpose of His creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun) and the whole duty for every man (person).
I’m not sure if they meant it this way, but a group in the 60’s had a song based on the third chapter of Ecclesiastes titled, Turn, Turn, Turn. Whether they meant it or not that’s what we should do, toward God.