- There is a time for everything, and a season
for every activity under heaven:
- a time to be born and a time to die, a time
to plant and a time to uproot,
- a time to kill and a time to heal, a time
to tear down and a time to build,
- a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time
to mourn and a time to dance,
- a time to scatter stones and a time to gather
them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
- a time to search and a time to give up, a
time to keep and a time to throw away,
- a time to tear and a time to mend, a time
to be silent and a time to speak,
- a time to love and a time to hate, a time
for war and a time for peace.
- What does the worker gain from his toil ?
- I have seen the burden God has laid on men.
- 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.
- I know that there is nothing better for men
than to be happy and do good while they live.
- That everyone may eat and drink, and find
satisfaction in all his toil--this is the gift of God.
- 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.
- Whatever is has already been, and what will
be has been before; and God will call the past to account.
- And I saw something else under the sun: In
the place of judgment--wickedness was there, in the place of justice -- wickedness
- I thought in my heart, "God will bring
to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for
every activity, a time for every deed."
- I also thought, "As for men, God tests
them so that they may see that they are like the animals.
- Man's fate is like that of the animals; the
same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same
breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless.
- All go to the same place; all come from dust,
and to dust all return.
- Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward
and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth ?"
- So I saw that there is nothing better for
a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him
to see what will happen after him ?