Ecclesiastes 3:17

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I said in mine heart, God shall iudge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there, for euery purpose and for euery worke.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I said to myself, "God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man, for a time for every matter and for every deed is there."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I said in my heart, God will be judge of the good and of the bad; because a time for every purpose and for every work has been fixed by him.
- Basic English Bible

I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
- Darby Bible

I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
- Webster's Bible

I said in my heart, "God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work."
- World English Bible

I said in my heart, `The righteous and the wicked doth God judge, for a time [is] to every matter and for every work there.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

I said in my heart: 'The righteous and the wicked God will judge; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 3:17


3:17 I said - I was sorely grieved at this, but I quieted myself with this consideration. Shall judge - Absolving the just, and condemning the wicked. A time - God will have his time to rectify all these disorders. There - At the judgment - seat of God. For - For examining not only all men's actions, but all their thoughts and purposes.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 3:17

  • Faith R. English for verse 17
    We are to be aware that we are given by God a life to be lived. We were also given by God the freedom to choose how we will live it. While we are living it we are given guidelines to help us to decide in what fashion we live. Some will follow and some will reject or ignore the guidelines. We are instructed that there will be a judgement day. So this chapter informs us of our life 's journey to help us make the correct choice.

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