Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 3 ©

1By the necessary change of times vanity is added to human travail. 11There is a fitness in God's works, which man cannot thoroughly find out. 12, 22Man's object is to enjoy present good, so far as God alloweth, whose counsels are immutable. 16From the abuses of human judgments God's judgment is inferred. 18Men and beasts are visibly alike in their mortal bodies; 21their spirits, which go different ways, are unknown.

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TO aevery thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

a v.17. ch. 8.6; 7.14.
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bA time 1to be born, and a time to die; ca time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

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dA time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to ebreak down, and a time to build up;

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fA time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

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gA time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; ha time to embrace, and a time 2to refrain from embracing;

g v.2,3.
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A time to 3get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and ia time to cast away;

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jA time to rend, and a time to sew; ka time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

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lA time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

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What mprofit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

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nI have seen the *travail, which oGod hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

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pHe hath made every thing qbeautiful in his time: ralso he hath set the world in their heart, so that sno man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

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I tknow that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and uto do good in his life.

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And valso that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, wit is the gift of God.

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I know that, whatsoever God doeth, xit shall be for ever: ynothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, zthat men should fear before him.

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That awhich hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God brequireth 4that which is past.

a ch. 1.9. v.14.
b ch. 12.14.
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¶And moreover cI saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.

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I said in mine heart, dGod shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is ea time there for every purpose and for every work.

e v.1.
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I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, 5that God might manifest them, and that they might see that fthey themselves are beasts.

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gFor 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.

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hAll go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

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Who knoweth 6the spirit of man that 7goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

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Wherefore iI perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for jwho shall bring him to see what shall be after him?