Ecclesiastes 8:6

6 For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery.

Read Ecclesiastes 8:6 Using Other Translations

Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.
For there is a time and a way for everything, although man's trouble lies heavy on him.
for there is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble.

What does Ecclesiastes 8:6 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ecclesiastes 8:6

Because to every purpose there is time and judgment
There is a fit season, and a right and proper manner of doing everything that is to be done; see ( Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ) ; which a wise man discerns; and which when a man hits upon, it prevents a great deal of mischief, which for want of it comes upon men, as the following clause shows; some refer this to the punishment of the wicked, and to a future judgment. So the Targum,

``to every business there is a time good and evil, and according to the judgment of truth the whole world is judged;''
and to the same purpose Jarchi,
``there is a time fixed for the visitation of the wicked, and there is judgment before the Lord; this is vengeance or punishment;''
therefore the misery of man [is] great upon him;
he not observing the right time and manner of doing what he ought, brings much trouble upon himself; his days are few and full trouble, and every day has a sufficiency of evil in because of the evil of sin, the evil of misery presses upon him, and is a heavy burden on him Jarchi's note is,
``when the wickedness of a man is great, then cometh his visitation.''
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