Ecclesiastes 3

1To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven. 2A time to give birth, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what has been planted; 3a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to pull down, and a time to build up; 4a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to lament, and a time to dance; 5a time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak; 8a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. 9What advantage has he that works in those things in which he labors? 10I have seen all the trouble, which God has given to the sons of men to be burdened with. 11All the things which He has made are beautiful in His time. He has also set the whole world in their heart, that man might not find out the work which God has done from the beginning, even to the end. 12I know that there is no good in them, except for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. 13Also, every man who shall eat and drink, and see good in all his labor, this is a gift of God. 14I know that whatsoever things God has done, they shall be forever. It is impossible to add to it, and it is impossible to take away from it; and God has done it, that men should fear before Him. 15That which has been is now; and whatever things are appointed to be have already been; and God will seek out that which is past. 16And moreover I saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, there was godliness. 17And I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the ungodly; for there is a time there for every action and for every work. 18I said in my heart, concerning the speech of the sons of men, God will judge them, and that to show that they are beasts. 19Also to them is the event of the sons of men, and the event of the brute; one event befalls them. As is the death of the one, so also the death of the other; and there is one breath to all; and what has the man more than the brute? Nothing; for all is vanity. 20All go to one place; all were formed of the dust, and all will return to dust. 21And who has seen the spirit of the sons of men, whether it goes upward? And the spirit of the beast, whether it goes downward to the earth? 22And I saw that there was no good, but that wherein a man shall rejoice in his works, for it is his portion, for who shall bring him to see anything of that which shall be after him?
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