Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

A Time for Everything

1For everything there is a season, and a  a time for every matter under heaven:

2 a time to be born, and a time to b  die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4a time to c  weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to d  dance;
5a time to e  cast away stones, and a time to f  gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to g  refrain from embracing;
6a time to seek, and a time to h  lose;
a time to keep, and a time to i  cast away;
7a time to j  tear, and a time to sew;
a time to k  keep silence, and a time to speak;
8a time to love, and a time to l  hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

The God-Given Task

9What m  gain has the worker from his toil? 10I have seen n  the business that o  God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11He has p  made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot q  find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
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