Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a a time for every
Lit delight
event under heaven
A time to give birth and a c time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A d time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to e weep and a time to f laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to g dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to h be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to i hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.

j What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils? 10 I have seen the k task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

God Set Eternity in the Heart of Man

11 He has l made everything
Lit beautiful
appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart,
Or without which man
yet so that man o will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

12 I know that there is p nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; 13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor— it is the q gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should
Or be in awe before Him
s fear Him.
15 That t which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.

16 Furthermore, I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is u wickedness and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness. 17 I said
Lit in my heart
to myself w God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man,” for a x time for every
Or delight
matter and for every deed is there.
18 I said
Lit in my heart
to myself concerning the sons of men, “God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but aa beasts.”
19  ab For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts
Lit and they have one fate
is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is
Or futility
20 All go to the same place. All came from the ae dust and all return to the dust. 21 Who knows that the af breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth? 22 I have seen that ag nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see ah what will occur after him?
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