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 .b16
And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
I said in mine heart,God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.18
I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that Godc might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.19
For that which befalleth the sons of menbefallethbeasts; even one thingbefalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all onebreath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.20
All go unto oneplace; all are of the dust, and all turn to dustagain .
Who knoweth the spirit of mandthatgoethupward, and the spirit of the beast that goethdownward to the earth?22
Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?