Ecclesiastes 3:15

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That which hath beene, is now: and that which is to be, hath alreadie beene, and God requireth that which is past.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

That which is hath been long ago; and that which is to be hath long ago been: and God seeketh again that which is passed away.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Whatever is has been before, and what is to be is now; because God makes search for the things which are past.
- Basic English Bible

That which is was long ago, and that which is to be hath already been; and God bringeth back again that which is past.
- Darby Bible

That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
- Webster's Bible

That which is has been long ago, and that which is to be has been long ago: and God seeks again that which is passed away.
- World English Bible

What is that which hath been? already it is, and that which [is] to be hath already been, and God requireth that which is pursued.
- Youngs Literal Bible

That which is hath been long ago, and that which is to be hath already been; and God seeketh that which is pursued.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 3:15


3:15 Hath been - Things past, present, and to come, are all ordered by one constant counsel, in all parts and ages of the world. There is a continual return of the same motions of the heavenly bodies, of the same seasons of the year, and a constant succession of new generations of men and beasts, but all of the same quality.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 3:15

  • April Sims for verse 15
    ..."already has been. nation against nation." ..."that which is to be already has been." Sodom and Gomorrah. "and God will call the Pass to account" He will allow the history to repeat itself.
  • Fred Morency for verse 15
    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?

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