A Time for Everything

Ecclesiastes 3

1 To everything there is a season,
A a time for every purpose under heaven:

2 A time 1 to be born,
And b a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck 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 c weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
d A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
e A time to keep silence,
And a time to f speak;
8 A time to love,
And a time to g hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.

  1. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 3:17
    I said in my heart, "God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, For there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
    Ecclesiastes 8:6
    Because for every matter there is a time and judgment, Though the misery of man increases greatly.
  2. Cross References
    Job 14:5
    Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.
    Hebrews 9:27
    And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
  3. Cross References
    Romans 12:15
    Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
  4. Cross References
    Joel 2:16
    Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room.
    1 Corinthians 7:5
    Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
  5. Cross References
    Amos 5:13
    Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, For it is an evil time.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 25:11
    A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.
  7. Cross References
    Proverbs 13:5
    A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.
    Luke 14:26
    If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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