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

  • Tosha
    It's comforting to know that God is in control. He gives us the strength for every season when we are His.
  • Prakash Rai
    God has filled whole space of time and eternity. He is the Master and the King and the Love. He knows how to teach his people during the course of their life on earth. He knows perfect season and the right time for his people. I say not only the earth but whole universe and even heavens are meant for the people of God. Yet, no one is worthy to condemn any individual. Stand on your perfect faith in the word of God until the end.
  • Nathaniel
    And it all depends on God's timing.
  • Lilian
    For God's thought is higher than our thoughts and his ways are higher than our ways neither our ways is his. God has appointed time to heal us and bless us for he is God who knows his time. Only his time will work perfectly . Thank you Jesus for everything. I love you and will trust you forever. Help me to be born again in spirit all the days of my life amen
  • Shewit Abraham
    Yea I agree and it is comforting to know God has ordained the time of every season and purpose. Helps me to look forward with the One who created me and knows me my inner most. My shepherd Jesus You lead me Along the green pastures and You restore my Soul and prepare a table in the presence of my enemies where you build me with faith and your Trust.Through your word. For faith comes by hearing your precious word as faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen.Amen Amen
  • Jackie hundley lorick
    There is a time and season for everything

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