Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
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; 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 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 rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 9 What does the worker gain from his toil?
10 I have seen the business that God has given to the sons of men to be busy with. 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men.
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time; also he has put eternity into man's mind, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.
13 also that it is God's gift to man that every one should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil--this is the gift of God.
14 I know that whatever God does endures for ever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has made it so, in order that men should fear before him. 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 men will revere him.
15 That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away. 15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.