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

  • 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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