Ecclesiastes 3:5

“A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together: a time to imbrace, and a time to refraine from imbracing.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
- American Standard Version (1901)

A time to take stones away and a time to get stones together; a time for kissing and a time to keep from kissing;
- Basic English Bible

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
- Darby Bible

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
- Webster's Bible

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
- World English Bible

A time to cast away stones, And a time to heap up stones. A time to embrace, And a time to be far from embracing.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 3:5


3:5 Stones - Which were brought together in order to the building of a wall or house. To embrace - When persons perform all friendly offices one to another.


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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