3 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time [a]to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what 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; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 7 A time to tear, 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.
The God-Given Task
9 What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? 10 I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
12 I know that nothing isbetter for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.
14 I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him. 15 That which is has already been, And what is to be has already been; And God [b]requires an account of [c]what is past.
Injustice Seems to Prevail
16 Moreover I saw under the sun:
In the place of [d]judgment, Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, [e]Iniquity was there.
17 I said in my heart,
“God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, For there is a time there for every [f]purpose and for every work.”
Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Truly the light is sweet, And it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun; 8 But if a man lives many years Andrejoices in them all, Yet let him remember the days of darkness, For they will be many. All that is coming is vanity.
Seek God in Early Life
9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the [a]ways of your heart, And [b]in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment. 10 Therefore remove [c]sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh, For childhood and [d]youth are vanity.
Seek God in Early Life
12 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the [e]difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them”: 2 While the sun and the light, The moon and the stars, Are not darkened, And the clouds do not return after the rain; 3 In the day when the keepers of the house tremble, And the strong men bow down; When the grinders cease because they are few, And those that look through the windows grow dim; 4 When the doors are shut in the streets, And the sound of grinding is low; When one rises up at the sound of a bird, And all the daughters of music are brought low. 5 Also they are afraid of height, And of terrors in the way; When the almond tree blossoms, The grasshopper is a burden, And desire fails. For man goes to his eternal home, And the mourners go about the streets.
6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is [f]loosed, Or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, Or the wheel broken at the well. 7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
8 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “All is vanity.”
29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat? 30 Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. 31 Then Solomon [a]rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.
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