Ecclesiastes 3:1

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

To euery thing there is a season, and a time to euery purpose vnder the heauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven--
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For everything there is a season, and a time for very purpose under heaven:
- American Standard Version (1901)

For everything there is a fixed time, and a time for every business under the sun.
- Basic English Bible

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens:
- Darby Bible

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
- Webster's Bible

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:
- World English Bible

To everything -- a season, and a time to every delight under the heavens:
- Youngs Literal Bible

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 3:1


3:1 A season - A certain time appointed by God for its being and continuance, which no human wit or providence can alter. And by virtue of this appointment of God, all vicissitudes which happen in the world, whether comforts or calamities, come to pass. Which is here added to prove the principal proposition, That all things below are vain, and happiness is not to be found in them, because of their great uncertainty, and mutability, and transitoriness, and because they are so much out of the reach and power of men, and wholly in the disposal of God. Purpose - Not only natural, but even the voluntary actions of men, are ordered and disposed by God. But it must be considered, that he does not here speak of a time allowed by God, wherein all the following things may lawfully be done, but only of a time fixed by God, in which they are actually done.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 3

  • Verse Person
    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 s
  • Trish
    For everything there is an appointed time. God wants his creatures to enjoy life! Eccl 3:11 he put time indefinite in our hearts that's why humans do all they can to not die, prolonge it by going to Dr. when sick, if humans really believed there glory was at hand they would not prolonged things. But when 1 Cor 15:21-26 is fulfilled after Jesus rules for 1000 yrs, Adamic death is brought to an end.
  • May
    To expect justice in every situation is unrealistic. Rather than feel anxious about what is happening in the world today, we should wait on Jehovah God to set matters straight.
  • BSP
    Verse 20 shows that men and beasts have the same eventuality. They simply go back to the dust. It did not say that men go to heaven or hell, but just like the animals men simply returns to dust.
  • Ross
    For me, this verse alludes to a sense of presence. Savor each moment of your life as they are given to you. If you only ever want steak when soup is served, and wish only for soup while steak is being prepared, then you find yourself always dissatisfied, even though you were given everything you ever wanted. Stop clinging to the past, and quit sitting around waiting on the future. Be fashionable to the time.
  • E.L.Sigh Sr.
    For Everyone there are seasons, the righteousness of a Man,shall line-up with the WiLL of God's favour,Grace, Mercies! God's Best Blessings to EveryOne I JHN! Amen