Bible: Ecclesiastes 3
A Time for All Events in Life
a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted;
3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
3:5 A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
3:6 A time to search, and a time to give something up as lost; 8
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
3:7 A time to rip, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent, and a time to speak.
3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
Man is Ignorant of God’s Timing
3:10 I have observed the burden
that God has given to people 11 to keep them occupied.
3:11 God has made everything fit beautifully 12 in its appropriate time,
Enjoy Life in the Present
than 23 to be happy and to enjoy
themselves 24 as long as they live,
3:13 and also that everyone should eat and drink, and find enjoyment in all his toil,
for these things 25 are a gift from God.
3:14 I also know that whatever God does will endure forever;
nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken away from it.
God has made it this way, so that men will fear him.
3:15 Whatever exists now has already been, and whatever will be has already been;
The Problem of Injustice and Oppression
3:16 I saw something else on earth: 29
In the place of justice, there was wickedness,
and in the place of fairness, 30 there was wickedness.
3:17 I thought to myself, “God will judge both the righteous and the wicked;
for there is an appropriate time for every activity,
and there is a time of judgment 31 for every deed.
3:19 For the fate of humans 36 and the fate of animals are the same:
As one dies, so dies the other; both have the same breath.
There is no advantage for humans over animals,
for both are fleeting.
3:20 Both go to the same place,
both come from the dust,
and to dust both return.
3:21 Who really knows if the human spirit 37 ascends upward,
and the animal’s spirit descends into the earth?
because that is their 40 reward;
for who can show them what the future holds? 41