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

  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 13:11 when I was a child I spake as a child I understood as a child I thought as a child --- but when I became a man --- I put away childish things TITUS 2:11 for the grace of GOD that bringeth salvation has appeared to all men --2:12-- teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live soberly righteously and godly --- in this present world --- TITUS 1:1 paul a servant of GOD and an apostle of JESUS CHRIST according to the faith of GODS elect and the --- acknowledging of the truth --- which is after godliness
  • Steve morrow
    DEUTERONOMY 18:18 I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren like unto thee and will put --MY words-- in HIS mouth and HE shall speak unto them all that I shall command HIM--18:19--and it shall come to pass that whosoever will not hearken unto -- MY words-- which HE shall speak in MY name I will require it of him --18:20--but the prophet which shall --- presume to speak a word in MY name --- which I have not commanded him to speak or that shall speak in the name of other gods --- even that prophet shall die --- ACTS 2:22 for moses truly said unto the prophets a prophet shall the LORD your GOD raise up unto you of your brethren like unto me HIM shall you hear in all things whatsoever HE shall say unto you --2:23-- and it shall come to pass that every soul which will not hear THAT PROPHET shall be destroyed from among the people MARK 3:29 but he that shall blaspheme against the holy spirit hath never forgiveness but is in danger of eternal damnation JOHN 6:63 it is the spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth nothing the words that --I SPEAK-- unto you they are spirit and they are life
  • Lilian
    Theres always a season for everything and a time to each purpose under the heaven. Thank you Jesus you always have appointed time to heal us and bless us your time is heavenly perfect. You have also appointed time for us to accept and believe you as our Savior our Lord King of all Kingd Lord of Lord teach us to wait Father I will praise you and worship you alone for you are worthy amen hallelujah
  • Steve morrow
    MARK 9:25 when JESUS saw that the people came running together HE rebuked the foul spirit saying unto him --- thou deaf and dumb spirit I charge thee come out of him and enter no more into him --9:26--and the spirit cried and rent him sore and came out of him and he was as one dead insomuch that many said he is dead --9:27--but JESUS took him by the hand and lifted him up and he arose --9:28--and when HE was come into the house HIS disciples asked HIM privately why could not we cast him out --9:29-- and HE said unto them --- this kind can come forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting ---
  • 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.
  • 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.