Ecclesiastes 3:6

6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

Ecclesiastes 3:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
ESV
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
NLT
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away.
MSG
6 A right time to search and another to count your losses, A right time to hold on and another to let go,
CSB
6 a time to search and a time to count as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away;

Ecclesiastes 3:6 Meaning and Commentary

Ecclesiastes 3:6

A time to get, and a time to lose
To get substance, as the Targum, and to lose it; wealth and riches, honour and glory, wisdom and knowledge: or, "to seek, and to lose" F9; a time when the sheep of the house of Israel, or God's elect, were lost, and a time to seek them again; which was, lone by Christ in redemption, and by the Spirit of God, in effectual calling; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
to keep a thing, and to cast it away, into the sea, in the time of a great tempest, as the Targum; as did the mariners in the ship in which Jonah was, and those in which the Apostle Paul was, ( Jonah 1:5 ) ( Acts 27:38 ) ; It may be interpreted of keeping riches, and which are sometimes kept too close, and to the harm of the owners of them; and of scattering them among the poor, or casting them upon the waters; see ( Ecclesiastes 5:13 ) ( 11:1 ) ( Proverbs 11:24 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F9 (vqbl te) "tempus quaerendi", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Piscator, Mercerus, Gejerus, Rambachius.

Ecclesiastes 3:6 In-Context

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
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,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.