A Time for Everything

Ecclesiastes 3

1 For everything there is a season, and l a time for every matter under heaven:

2 a time to be born, and a time to m die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to n weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to o dance;
5 a time to p cast away stones, and a time to q gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to r refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to s lose;
a time to keep, and a time to t cast away;
7 a time to u tear, and a time to sew;
a time to v keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to w hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

  1. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 3:17
    I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work.
    Ecclesiastes 8:6
    For there is a time and a way for everything, although man's trouble lies heavy on him.
  2. Cross References
    Hebrews 9:27
    And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.
  3. Cross References
    Romans 12:15
    Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
  4. Cross References
    2 Samuel 6:14
    And David danced before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod.
    Exodus 15:20
    Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing.
  5. Cross References
    2 Kings 3:25
    And they overthrew the cities, and on every good piece of land every man threw a stone until it was covered. They stopped every spring of water and felled all the good trees, till only its stones were left in Kir-hareseth, and the slingers surrounded and attacked it.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 5:2
    He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.
  7. Cross References
    Joel 2:16
    Gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.
  8. Cross References
    Matthew 10:39
    Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
  9. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:24
    One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
  10. Cross References
    Genesis 37:29
    When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes
  11. Cross References
    Amos 5:13
    Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.
  12. Cross References
    Luke 14:26
    If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
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