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Ecclesiastes 3 - NIV

A Time for Everything


There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:


a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

9 What do workers gain from their toil?

10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.

13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

14 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 people will fear him.


Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.[b]

16 And I saw something else under the sun:

In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
in the place of justice—wickedness was there.

17 I said to myself,

“God will bring into judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time to judge every deed.”

18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.

19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath[c] ; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless.

20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.

21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?


a. Ecclesiastes 3:11 Or also placed ignorance in the human heart, so that
b. Ecclesiastes 3:15 Or God calls back the past
c. Ecclesiastes 3:19 Or spirit

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Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Oct, 2016
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Shared by: Perry Greene on Aug, 2016
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Shared by: Victor Haynes on Jul, 2016
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Shared by: Perry Greene on Jul, 2016
Summary: This Funeral Service was for a non-Christian US Veteran.
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Shared by: John Hamby on Mar, 2016
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Shared by: John Hamby on Mar, 2016
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Shared by: Ken Ritz on Mar, 2016
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Shared by: Lynn Malone on Feb, 2016
Summary: We never quite know what to do with the emotion of sadness. Here's a biblical look at dealing with sadness.
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Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
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Shared by: Tom Shepard on Nov, 2015
Summary: This is a verse by verse look at Ecclesiastes chapter three.
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Shared by: Dean Courtier on Oct, 2015
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Shared by: Rainer Reddy on Sep, 2015
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Shared by: I. G. Spong on Aug, 2015
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Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on Jul, 2015
Summary: Through the ebb and flow of life God is with us.
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Shared by: Michael Deutsch on Jul, 2015
Summary: We place ourselves at the center, when it should be God.
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:9-15
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Shared by: Dr. David Wesner on May, 2015
Summary: We have no choice but to sow. All of our life is spent planting. In the end: We reap what we sow, more than we sow, and later than we sow.
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Shared by: Brian Stevenson Athisayaraj on Mar, 2015
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Summary: Where has the time gone? There is a time for everything but, that never seem to bother me when I was young. But as I get older I consider almost everything in time. It’s time to take my medicine, it’s time to go to the doctor, it’s time for this or time for that.
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Shared by: Andrew Moffatt on Aug, 2014
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Shared by: Brad Bailey on Jun, 2014
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Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Jan, 2014
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