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Ecclesiastes 3 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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The Mystery of Time
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There is an occasion for everything,

and a time for every activity under heaven:

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a time to give birth and a time to die;

a time to plant and a time to uproot;[fn]

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a time to kill and a time to heal;

a time to tear down and a time to build;

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a time to weep and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn and a time to dance;

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a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;

a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;

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a time to search and a time to count as lost;

a time to keep and a time to throw away;

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a time to tear and a time to sew;

a time to be silent and a time to speak;

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a time to love and a time to hate;

a time for war and a time for peace.

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What does the worker gain from his struggles?

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I have seen the task that God has given the children of Adam to keep them occupied.

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He has made everything appropriate[fn] in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts,[fn] but no one can discover the work God has done from beginning to end.

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I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the[fn] good life.

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It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts.

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I know that everything God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of him.

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Whatever is, has already been, and whatever will be, already is. However, God seeks justice for the persecuted.[fn]

The Mystery of Injustice and Death
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I also observed under the sun: there is wickedness at the place of judgment and there is wickedness at the place of righteousness.

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I said to myself, “God will judge the righteous and the wicked, since there is a time for every activity and every work.”

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I said to myself, “This happens so that God may test the children of Adam and they may see for themselves that they are like animals.”

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For the fate of the children of Adam and the fate of animals is the same. As one dies, so dies the other; they all have the same breath. People have no advantage over animals since everything is futile.

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All are going to the same place; all come from dust, and all return to dust.

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Who knows if the spirits of the children of Adam go upward and the spirits of animals go downward to the earth?

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I have seen that there is nothing better than for a person to enjoy his activities because that is his reward. For who can enable him to see what will happen after he dies?[fn]

CSB Footnotes
Lit uproot what is planted
Or beautiful
Or has put a sense of past and future into their minds, or has placed ignorance in their hearts
Lit his
Lit God seeks what is pursued
Lit after him

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