NASB — Ecclesiastes 3 — KJV

A Time for Everything

1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a atime for every Ievent under heaven
  2 A time to give birth and a atime to die;
  A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
  3 A atime to kill and a time to heal;
  A time to tear down and a time to build up.
  4 A time to aweep and a time to blaugh;
  A time to mourn and a time to cdance.
  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 abe silent and a time to speak.
  8 A time to love and a time to ahate;
  A time for war and a time for peace.

[1] ILit delight aEc 3:17; 8:6
[2] aJb 14:5; He 9:27
[3] aGn 9:6; 1S 2:6; Ho 6:1, 2
[4] aRo 12:15 bPs 126:2 cEx 15:20
[7] aAm 5:13
[8] aPs 101:3; Pv 13:5

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

[9] aEc 1:3; 2:11; 5:16
[10] aEc 1:13; 2:26

God Set Eternity in the Heart of Man

11 He has amade everything Iappropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, IIyet so that man bwill not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

[11] ILit beautiful IIOr without which man aGn 1:31 bJb 5:9; Ec 7:23; 8:17; Ro 11:33

12 ¶ I know that there is anothing 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 agift 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 Iafear Him. 15 That awhich is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.

[12] aEc 2:24
[13] aEc 2:24; 5:19
[14] IOr be in awe before Him aEc 5:7; 7:18; 8:12, 13; 12:13
[15] aEc 1:9; 6:10

16 ¶ Furthermore, I have seen under the sun [that] in the place of justice there is awickedness and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness. 17 I said Ito myself, “aGod will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man,” for a btime for every IImatter and for every deed is there. 18 I said Ito myself concerning the sons of men, “God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but abeasts.” 19 aFor the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts Iis 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 IIvanity. 20 All go to the same place. All came from the adust and all return to the dust. 21 Who knows that the abreath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth? 22 I have seen that anothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see bwhat will occur after him?

[16] aEc 4:1; 5:8; 8:9
[17] ILit in my heart IIOr delight aGn 18:25; Ps 96:13; 98:9; Ec 11:9; Mt 16:27; Ro 2:6-10; 2Th 1:6-9 bEc 3:1; 8:6
[18] ILit in my heart aPs 49:12, 20; 73:22
[19] ILit and they have one fate IIOr futility aPs 49:12; Ec 9:12
[20] aGn 3:19; Ps 103:14; Ec 12:7
[21] aEc 12:7
[22] aEc 2:24 bEc 2:18; 6:12; 8:7; 10:14


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By the necessary change of times, vanity is added to human travail.

1 ¶ To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. 9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? 10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

[1] 2K 5:26; 2Ch 33:12; Pv 15:23; Ec 1:13; 2:3, 17; 3:17; 7:14; 8:5; Mt 16:3.
[2] Gn 17:21; 21:1; 47:29; Nu 20:24; 27:12; Dt 3:23; 34:5; 1S 2:5; 1K 13:2; 2K 4:16; Jb 7:1; 14:5, 14; Ps 52:5; 113:9; Is 5:2; 38:1, 5; 54:1; Jr 1:10; 18:7; 45:4; Mt 13:28, 41; 15:13; Lk 1:13, 20, 36; Jn 7:30; 16:21; Ac 7:17, 20; Ga 4:4; He 9:27.
[3] Nu 26:6; Dt 32:39; 1S 2:6, 25; Is 5:5; 38:5; 44:26; Jr 31:28; 33:6; 45:4; Ezk 13:14; Dn 9:25; Ho 6:1; Zc 1:12; Lk 9:54; Ac 5:15.
[4] Gn 21:6; Ex 15:20; 2S 6:16; Ne 8:9; 9:1; Ps 30:5; 126:1, 5; Is 22:12; Mt 9:15; 11:17; Lk 1:13, 58; 6:21; Jn 16:20; Ro 12:15; 2Co 7:10; Jm 4:9.
[5] Ex 19:15; Jsh 4:3; 10:27; 1S 21:4; 2S 18:17; 2K 3:25; So 2:6; Jol 2:16; 1Co 7:5.
[6] Gn 30:30; 31:18; Ex 12:35; Dt 8:17; 2K 5:26; 7:15; 8:9; Ps 112:9; Ec 11:1; Is 2:20; Jna 1:5; Mt 16:25; 19:29; Mk 8:35; 10:28; Lk 9:24; Ac 27:19, 38; Php 3:7; He 10:34.
[7] Gn 37:29, 34; 44:18, 34; 1S 19:4; 25:24; 2S 1:11; 3:31; 1K 21:27; 2K 5:7; 6:30; Es 4:13; 7:4; Jb 2:13; 32:4; Ps 39:2; Pv 24:11; 31:8; Is 36:21; Jr 8:14; 36:24; Lm 3:28; Jol 2:13; Am 5:13; 8:3; Mi 7:5; Lk 19:37; Ac 4:20; 9:39.
[8] Gn 14:14; Jsh 8:1; 11:23; 2S 10:6; 1K 5:4; 2Ch 19:2; 20:1, 30; Ps 139:21; Ezk 16:8; Lk 14:26; Ep 3:19; 5:25, 28; Tit 2:4; Rv 2:2.
[9] Pv 14:23; Ec 1:3; 2:11, 22; 5:16; Mt 16:26.
[10] Gn 3:19; Ec 1:13; 2:26; 1Th 2:9; 2Th 3:8.

There is an excellency in God's works:

11 He hath made every [thing] beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. 12 I know that [there is] no good in them, but for [a man] to rejoice, and to do good in his life. 13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it [is] the gift of God. 14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth [it], that [men] should fear before him. 15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

[11] Gn 1:31; Dt 32:4; Jb 11:7; 37:23; Ps 104:24; Ec 7:29; 8:17; Mt 11:27; 13:22; Mk 7:37; Ro 1:19, 28; 11:33.
[12] Dt 28:63; Ps 37:3; Ec 3:22; 9:7; Is 64:5; Lk 11:41; Ac 20:35; Php 4:4; 1Th 5:15; 1Ti 6:18.
[13] Dt 28:30, 47; Jg 6:3; Ps 128:2; Ec 2:24; 5:18; 6:2; 9:7; Is 65:21.
[14] Ps 33:11; 64:9; 76:10; 119:90; Pv 19:21; 21:30; 30:6; Is 10:12; 46:10; 59:18; Dn 4:34; 8:8; 11:2; Jn 19:10, 28; Ac 2:23; 4:28; 5:39; Ro 11:36; Ep 3:11; Tit 1:2; Jm 1:17; Rv 15:4.
[15] Ec 1:9.

but as for man, God shall judge his works there, and here he shall be like a beast.

16 ¶ And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, [that] wickedness [was] there; and the place of righteousness, [that] iniquity [was] there. 17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for [there is] a time there for every purpose and for every work. 18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. 19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all [is] vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? 22 Wherefore I perceive that [there is] nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that [is] his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

[16] 1K 21:9; Ps 58:1; 82:2; 94:21; Ec 4:1; 5:8; Is 59:14; Mi 2:2; 7:3; Zp 3:3; Mt 26:59; Ac 23:3; Jm 2:6.
[17] Gn 18:25; Ps 98:9; Ec 1:16; 2:1; 3:1; 12:14; Jr 29:10; Dn 11:40; 12:4, 9, 11; Mt 16:27; 25:31; Jn 5:22, 26; Ac 1:7; 17:31; Ro 2:5; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 5:10; 1Th 5:1; 2Th 1:6; 2P 3:7; Rv 11:2, 18; 17:12; 20:2, 7, 11.
[18] Gn 3:17; Jb 14:1; 15:16; 40:8; Ps 49:14, 19; 51:4; 73:18, 22; 90:5; Ro 3:4; 9:23; He 9:27; 1P 1:24; 2P 2:12.
[19] 2S 14:14; Jb 14:10; Ps 39:5; 49:12, 20; 89:47; 92:6; 104:29; Ec 2:16, 20.
[20] Gn 3:19; 25:8, 17; Nu 27:13; Jb 7:9; 10:9; 17:13; 30:24; 34:15; Ps 49:14; 104:29; Ec 3:21; 6:6; 9:10; Dn 12:2.
[21] Ec 12:7; Lk 16:22; Jn 14:3; Ac 1:25; 2Co 5:1, 8; Php 1:23.
[22] Dt 12:7, 18; 26:10; 28:47; Jb 14:21; Ec 2:10, 24; 3:11; 5:18; 6:12; 8:7, 15; 9:7, 12; 10:14; 11:9; Dn 12:9, 13; Mt 6:34; Ro 12:11; Php 4:4.


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