Ecclesiastes 3:17

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I said in mine heart, God shall iudge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there, for euery purpose and for euery worke.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I said to myself, "God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man, for a time for every matter and for every deed is there."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I said in my heart, God will be judge of the good and of the bad; because a time for every purpose and for every work has been fixed by him.
- Basic English Bible

I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
- Darby Bible

I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
- Webster's Bible

I said in my heart, "God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work."
- World English Bible

I said in my heart, `The righteous and the wicked doth God judge, for a time [is] to every matter and for every work there.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

I said in my heart: 'The righteous and the wicked God will judge; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 3:17


3:17 I said - I was sorely grieved at this, but I quieted myself with this consideration. Shall judge - Absolving the just, and condemning the wicked. A time - God will have his time to rectify all these disorders. There - At the judgment - seat of God. For - For examining not only all men's actions, but all their thoughts and purposes.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 3

  • 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
  • Lilian
    Every good gifts comes from above.
    There is always a season for everything and a time to every purpose under the heaven. But God provide Jesus to us to have life in abundance. Jesus the only Jehovah the Provider, the Savior, my Peace, my Healer ,my Deliverer, my Salvation my everything. Thank you Lord for the BLOOD YOU SHED FOR US. BECAUSE YOU LIVE WE SHALL LIVE ALSO TEACH US LORD TO BE BORN AG

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