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A Time for Everything

1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time R64 for every event F36 under heaven--

2 A time to give birth and a time R65 to die;

A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.

3 A time R66 to kill and a time to heal;

A time to tear down and a time to build up.

4 A time to weep R67 and a time to laugh; R68

A time to mourn and a time to dance. R69

5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.

6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost;

A time to keep and a time to throw away.

7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;

A time to be R70 silent and a time to speak.

8 A time to love and a time to hate; R71

A time for war and a time for peace.

9 What R72 profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils? 10 I have seen the task R73 which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

God Set Eternity in the Heart of Man

11 He has made R74 everything appropriate F37 in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet F38 so that man will R75 not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

12 I know that there is nothing R76 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 gift R77 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 fear R78 F39 Him. 15 That which R79 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 wickedness R80 and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness. 17 I said to F40 myself, "God R81 will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man," for a time R82 for every matter F41 and for every deed is there. 18 I said to F42 myself concerning the sons of men, "God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts." R83 19 For R84 the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is F43 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 vanity. F44 20 All go to the same place. All came from the dust R85 and all return to the dust. 21 Who knows that the breath R86 of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth? 22 I have seen that nothing R87 is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what R88 will occur after him?

F36: Lit delight
F37: Lit beautiful
F38: Or without which man
F39: Or be in awe before Him
F40: Lit in my heart
F41: Or delight
F42: Lit in my heart
F43: Lit and they have one fate
F44: Or futility

R64: Ecclesiastes 3:17; 8:6
R65: Job 1:14:5; Hebrews 9:27
R66: Genesis 9:6; 1 Samuel 2:6; Hosea 6:1,2
R67: Romans 12:15
R68: Psalms 126:2
R69: Exodus 15:20
R70: Amos 5:13
R71: Psalms 101:3; Proverbs 13:5
R72: Ecclesiastes 1:3; 2:11; 5:16
R73: Ecclesiastes 1:13; 2:26
R74: Genesis 1:31
R75: Job 1:5:9; Ecclesiastes 7:23; 8:17; Romans 11:33
R76: Ecclesiastes 2:24
R77: Ecclesiastes 2:24; 5:19
R78: Ecclesiastes 5:7; 7:18; 8:12,13; 12:13
R79: Ecclesiastes 1:9; 6:10
R80: Ecclesiastes 4:1; 5:8; 8:9
R81: Genesis 18:25; Psalms 96:13; 98:9; Ecclesiastes 11:9; Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:6-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9
R82: Ecclesiastes 3:1; 8:6
R83: Psalms 49:12,20; 73:22
R84: Psalms 49:12; Ecclesiastes 9:12
R85: Genesis 3:19; Psalms 103:14; Ecclesiastes 12:7
R86: Ecclesiastes 12:7
R87: Ecclesiastes 2:24
R88: Ecclesiastes 2:18; 6:12; 8:7; 10:14


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