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

  • 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.

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