To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born,2 and a time to die;2 a time to plant,2 and a time to pluck up2 [that which is] planted;7
A time to kill,2 and a time to heal;2 a time to break down,2 and a time to build up;2
A time to weep,2 and a time to laugh;2 a time to mourn,2 and a time to dance;2
A time to cast away53 stones, and a time to gather stones together;2 a time to embrace,2 and a time to refrain2 from embracing;15
A time to get,15 and a time to lose;15 a time to keep,2 and a time to cast away;53
A time to rend,2 and a time to sew;2 a time to keep silence,2 and a time to speak;15
A time to love,2 and a time to hate;2 a time of war, and a time of peace.
What profit hath he that worketh6 in that wherein he laboureth?
I have seen1 the travail, which God hath given1 to the sons of men to be exercised2 in it.
He hath made1 every [thing] beautiful in his time: also he hath set1 the world in their heart, so that no man can find out4 the work that God maketh1 from the beginning to the end.
I know1 that [there is] no good in them, but for [a man] to rejoice,2 and to do2 good in his life.
And also that every man should eat4 and drink,1 and enjoy1 the good of all his labour, it [is] the gift of God.
I know1 that, whatsoever God doeth,4 it shall be for ever: nothing can be put53 to it, nor any thing taken2 from it: and God doeth1 [it], that [men] should fear4 before him.
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth17 that which is past.12
And moreover I saw1 under the sun the place of judgment, [that] wickedness [was] there; and the place of righteousness, [that] iniquity [was] there.
I said1 in mine heart, God shall judge4 the righteous and the wicked: for [there is] a time there for every purpose and for every work.
I said1 in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest2 them, and that they might see2 that they themselves are beasts.
For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all [is] vanity.
All go6 unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.1
Who knoweth6 the spirit of man 120 that goeth6 upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth6 downward to the earth?
Wherefore I perceive1 that [there is] nothing better, than that a man should rejoice4 in his own works; for that [is] his portion: for who shall bring55 him to see2 what shall be after him?