Ecclesiastes 3:11

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He hath made euery thing beautifull in his time: also hee hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can finde out the worke that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He hath made everything beautiful in its time: also he hath set eternity in their heart, yet so that man cannot find out the work that God hath done from the beginning even to the end.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He has made everything right in its time; but he has made their hearts without knowledge, so that man is unable to see the works of God, from the first to the last.
- Basic English Bible

He hath made everything beautiful in its time; also he hath set the world in their heart, so that man findeth not out from the beginning to the end the work that God doeth.
- Darby Bible

He hath made every thing beautiful in its 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.
- Webster's Bible

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in their hearts, yet so that man can't find out the work that God has done from the beginning even to the end.
- World English Bible

The whole He hath made beautiful in its season; also, that knowledge He hath put in their heart without which man findeth not out the work that God hath done from the beginning even unto the end.
- Youngs Literal Bible

He hath made every thing beautiful in its time; also He hath set the world in their heart, yet so that man cannot find out the work that God hath done from the beginning even to the end.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 3:11


3:11 He hath - This seems to be added as at apology for God's providence, notwithstanding all the contrary events and confusions which are in the world. He hath made (or doth make or do, by his providence in the government of the world) every thing (which he doth either immediately, or by the ministry of men, or other creatures) beautiful (convenient, so that, all things considered, it could not have been done better) in its time or station, (when it was most fit to be done). Many events seem to mens shallow judgments, to be very irregular and unbecoming, as when wicked men prosper, and good men are oppressed; but when men shall throughly understand God's works, and the whole frame and contexture of them, and see the end of them, they will say, all things were done wisely. He hath set - It is true, God hath put the world into mens hearts, or made them capable of observing all the dispensations of God in the world; but this is to be understood with a limitation, because there are some more mysterious works of God, which no man can fully, understand, because he cannot search them out from the beginning to the end.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 3

  • 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.
  • 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
    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
  • Richard Ankrah for verse 11
    It is satifying to know that God has hidden the mystery of how He created all things and continually does HIS things to His glory alone least man may boast of imitating what God has done.At His own time, place, how, when and who He chooses is what man cannot understand it. Esther was a Jew but God changed her status just like Joseph, Jabez, Daniel and all those known in the Bible. Whatever God had done does not make sense to man and so will it be.

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