By the necessary change of times, vanity is added to human travail.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 Euery thyng hath a tyme, yea all that is vnder the heaue hath his conuenient season. Ecclesiastes 3:2 There is a tyme to be borne, and a tyme to dye: there is a tyme to plant, and a tyme to plucke vp the thyng that is planted. Ecclesiastes 3:3 A tyme to slay, and a tyme to make whole: a tyme to breake downe, and a tyme to builde vp. Ecclesiastes 3:4 A tyme to weepe, and a tyme to laugh: a tyme to mourne, & a tyme to daunce. Ecclesiastes 3:5 A tyme to cast away stones, and a tyme to gather stones together: A tyme to imbrace, and a tyme to refrayne from imbracyng. Ecclesiastes 3:6 A tyme to wynne, and a tyme to lose: A tyme to spare, and a tyme to spende. Ecclesiastes 3:7 A tyme to cut in peeces, and a tyme to sowe together: A tyme to kepe scilence, and a tyme to speake. Ecclesiastes 3:8 A tyme to loue, and a tyme to hate: A tyme of warre, and a tyme of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:9 What hath a man els that doth any thyng, but weerinesse and labour? Ecclesiastes 3:10 For as touchyng the trauayle and carefulnesse which God hath geuen vnto men, I see that he hath geuen it them to be exercised in it.
There is an excellency in God's works:
Ecclesiastes 3:11 All this hath he ordeyned marueilous goodly, to euery thyng his due tyme: He hath planted ignoraunce also in the heartes of men, that they shoulde not comprehende the ground of his workes which he doth from the begynnyng to the ende. Ecclesiastes 3:12 So I perceaued that in those thinges there is nothyng better for a man then to be mery, and to do well as long as he lyueth. Ecclesiastes 3:13 For all that a man eateth & drynketh, yea whatsoeuer a man enioyeth of all his labour: that same is a gyft of God. Ecclesiastes 3:14 I considered also that whatsoeuer God doth, it continueth for euer: And that nothyng can be put vnto it, nor taken from it, & that God doth it to the intent that men shoulde feare hym. Ecclesiastes 3:15 The thyng that hath ben, is nowe: and the thyng that is for to come, hath ben afore time: for God restoreth againe the thyng that was past.
but as for man, God shall judge his works there, and here he shall be like a beast.
Ecclesiastes 3:16 Moreouer, I sawe vnder the sunne vngodlynes in the steade of iudgement, & iniquitie in steade of righteousnesse. Ecclesiastes 3:17 Then thought I in my mynde, God shall separate the ryghteous from the vngodly: and then shalbe the tyme and iudgement of all counsayles & workes. Ecclesiastes 3:18 I communed with myne owne heart also concernyng the children of men, howe God hath chosen them, and yet letteth them appeare as though they were beastes. Ecclesiastes 3:19 For it happeneth vnto men as it doth vnto beastes, euen one condition vnto them both: as the one dyeth so dyeth the other, yea they haue both one maner of breath: so that in this a man hath no preeminence aboue a beast, but are all subdued vnto vanitie. Ecclesiastes 3:20 They go all vnto one place: for as they be all of dust, so shall they all turne vnto dust agayne. Ecclesiastes 3:21 Who knoweth the spirite of man that goeth vpwarde, & the breath of the beast that goeth downe to the earth? Ecclesiastes 3:22 Wherfore I perceaue that there is nothyng better for a man then to be ioyfull in his labour, for that is his portion: But who wyll bryng hym to see the thyng that shall come after hym?