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1 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 stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, 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.

9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

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

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

14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.

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.

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

19 For 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.

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

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

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


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Matthew Henry's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 Bible commentary...

The changes of human affairs. (1-10) The Divine counsels unchangeable. (11-15) The vanity of worldly power. (16-22)1-10 To expect unchanging happiness in a changing world, must end in disappointment. To bring ourselves to our state in life, is our duty and wisdom in this world. God's whole plan for the government of the world will be found altogether wise, just, and good. Then let us seize the favourable opportunity for every good purpose and work. The time to die is fast approaching. Thus labour and sorrow fill the world. This is given us, that we may always have something to do; none were sent into the world to be idle.

11-15 Every thing is as God made it; not as it appears to us. We have the world so much in our hearts, are so taken up with thoughts and cares of worldly things, that we have neither time nor spirit to see God's hand in them. The world has not only gained possession of the heart, but has formed thoughts against the beauty of God's works. We mistake if we think we were born for ourselves; no, it is our business to do good in this life, which is short and uncertain; we have but little time to be doing good, therefore we should redeem time. Satisfaction with Divine Providence, is having faith that all things work together for good to them that love him. God doeth all, that men should fear before him. The world, as it has been, is, and will be. There has no change befallen us, nor has any temptation by it taken us, but such as is common to men.

16-22 Without the fear of the Lord, man is but vanity; set that aside, and judges will not use their power well. And there is another Judge that stands before the door. With God there is a time for the redressing of grievances, though as yet we see it not. Solomon seems to express his wish that men might perceive, that by choosing this world as their portion, they brought themselves to a level with the beasts, without being free, as they are, from present vexations and a future account. Both return to the dust from whence they were taken. What little reason have we to be proud of our bodies, or bodily accomplishments! But as none can fully comprehend, so few consider properly, the difference between the rational soul of man, and the spirit or life of the beast. The spirit of man goes upward, to be judged, and is then fixed in an unchangeable state of happiness or misery. It is as certain that the spirit of the beast goes downward to the earth; it perishes at death. Surely their case is lamentable, the height of whose hopes and wishes is, that they may die like beasts. Let our inquiry be, how an eternity of existence may be to us an eternity of enjoyment? To answer this, is the grand design of revelation. Jesus is revealed as the Son of God, and the Hope of sinners.


Recent Comments for Ecclesiastes Chapter 3...


Solomon's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 8/20/2014, 4:26am...

Ecclesiastes chapter 3 tells us how God has predestined man, plants and animals living things from the beginning. So whatever situation we find ourselves, let us know that it is the will of God concerning our us. Wot an awesome chapter, leaving us with hope in time of distress! Thanks you Holy Trinity


Samuel's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment about verse 2 on 8/17/2014, 2:41pm...

Everything in this world has begininning and everything has ending


Bradley Bozant's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 8/02/2014, 6:43pm...

I am living proof. Died February 5, 2010 while undergoing brain sugery. I remember everything from it. There is life as well. There are bountiful blessings here to. Helps you Endure as you ride out the unpredictable weather conditions


Fred Morency's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment about verse 15 on 6/27/2014, 4:35pm...

My question is, the first part of the verse is talking about what is, that 's present,now and then God says in the last part of the verse that it has already been. In other words, sometime in the past. Well how far back in the past what we have today could it have been?


Faith's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 4/25/2014, 9:16am...

I thank my Heavenly Father for trials and tribulations as it keeps me closer to Him. Where could I go but to Him who is the author and finisher of my Faith. I love Him with all that is within me. And I thank Him for choosing me to bear His Holy and sacred Name the Name of Yeshua the Name above all other names. This is how He was called in the original scriptures


Keeshler Pittman's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 3/23/2014, 10:55pm...

This chapter calmed my spirit in the midst of a rough pregnancy I was unmarried and the father of my child was incarcerated I began to wonder how I would be able to survive as a single mother I began to wonder if God still loved me I began to feel a dark despair After reading this my whole perspective changed God knew I would make mistakes God knew what my situation would be and God made provision in spite of my sin


Mark's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 3/04/2014, 8:28pm...

Concerning the determination of all God s creation after death It should be noted what v 14 states that God does things forever Nothing can be added or taken from it Death is simply a transition period For those who think animals plants or fish cease to exist upon their demise here should look no farther than the Tree of Life which was in the midst of the Garden of Eden prior to the advent of man Once Adam and Eve sinned there were banished from said Garden What happened to the Tree of Life Did it perish No It makes a return in the New Jerusalem Rev 22 2 Same tree different realm What God creates in the natural realm is good and He in no way ever gave Lucifer Satan another created being the ability to utterly destroy it s existence permanently


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