Ecclesiastes 3:3

“A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Ecclesiastes 3:3

A time to kill, and a time to heale: a time to breake downe, and a time to build vp.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
- American Standard Version (1901)

A time to put to death and a time to make well; a time for pulling down and a time for building up;
- Basic English Bible

A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up;
- Darby Bible

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
- Webster's Bible

a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
- World English Bible

A time to slay, And a time to heal, A time to break down, And a time to build up.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Ecclesiastes 3:3

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 3:3


3:3 To kill - When men die a violent death. To heal - When he who seemed to be mortally wounded is healed.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 3:3

  • Dawn Silva on Ecclesiastes 3:3
    Re: Ecclesiastes 3:3

    Why would there be a time time to kill if the bible teaches love one another above all things. What does this verse actually mean or what did it truly mean when it was written? Why would this be in the bible?

    One of the ten commandments states thou shalt not murder.

    While reading the bible and trying to figure out Ecc. 3:3, I find it disturbing.

    Thank you for addressing this email.

    Dawn
  • Chris - in Reply on Ecclesiastes 3:3
    Dawn, you are correct that the Bible teaches that murder is sin, as is Anger akin to murder (Mt 5:21,22). But when we come to Eccl 3:3 we see an apparent conflict in God's command against it elsewhere. We see the writer (we believe it's Solomon), of Ecclesiastes ponder over some aspects of life: its aimless cycles, paradoxes, futility, and yet, through all these, we need to recognize that life is a gift from God to us & to be enjoyed within the scope of obedience to Him & that true justice will be served by Him at the end. But he says that within the full scope of life, with its happy times & sad times, there is a time when death will occur (unnaturally). Now my understanding of verse 3, is that the "time to kill" must refer to those times of war when sadly, the soldier has to kill & be killed, also, it can refer to the outcome of justice, where the Judge pronounces the death sentence upon one convicted of wilful murder (e.g. Gen 9:6, as well as many instances where God has called upon the leaders of the Israelites to execute those who broke certain of His Laws). Now some today may find this very offensive, but that was God's requirement to maintain a Holy Standard among His people, as it is still His requirement for judges today to maintain such punishment for capital crimes. You may not agree with this, but this is what is required to maintain true justice & give real protection to the people.
  • Dawn - in Reply on Ecclesiastes 3:3
    Makes sense.

    thx


 

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