Ecclesiastes 3:5-15 NIV

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

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8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil?

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10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.

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11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yeta no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

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    • c 3:11 - Or "also placed ignorance in the human heart, so that"
      12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
      13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

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      14 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 people will fear him.

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      15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.b

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        • d 3:15 - Or "God calls back the past"