a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent1 and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
What does the worker gain from his toil?210
I have seen the burden God has laid on men.311
He has made everything beautiful in its time.4 He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom5 what God has done from beginning to end.612
I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.
That everyone may eat and drink,7 and find satisfaction8 in all his toil--this is the gift of God.914
I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.1015
Whatever is has already been,11 and what will be has been before;12 and God will call the past to account.a