To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:2
A time to be born , and a time to die ; a time to plant , and a time to pluck up that which is planted ;
A time to kill , and a time to heal ; a time to break down , and a time to build up ;
A time to weep , and a time to laugh ; a time to mourn , and a time to dance ;
A time to cast awaystones, and a time to gatherstonestogether ; a time to embrace , and a time to refrain from embracing ;
A time to get ,a and a time to lose ; a time to keep , and a time to cast away ;
A time to rend , and a time to sew ; a time to keep silence , and a time to speak ;
A time to love , and a time to hate ; a time of war, and a time of peace.9
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?10
I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that Godmaketh from the beginning to the end.12
I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice , and to dogood in his life.13
And also that every man should eat and drink , and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.14
I know that, whatsoever Goddoeth , it shall be for ever:nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and Goddoeth it, that men should fearbefore him.
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and Godrequireth that which is past .b