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Ecclesiastes 3

By the necessary change of times, vanity is added to human travail.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To all things there is an appointed time, and a time to euery purpose vnder the heauen. Ecclesiastes 3:2 A time to bee borne, and a time to die: a time to plant, and a time to plucke vp that which is planted. Ecclesiastes 3:3 A time to slay, and a time to heale: a time to breake downe, and a time to builde. Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weepe, and a time to laugh: a time to mourne, and a time to dance. Ecclesiastes 3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones: a time to embrace, and a time to be farre from embracing. Ecclesiastes 3:6 A time to seeke, and a time to lose: a time to keepe, and a time to cast away. Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time to rent, and a time to sowe: a time to keepe silence, and a time to speake. Ecclesiastes 3:8 A time to loue, and a time to hate: a time of warre, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:9 What profite hath hee that worketh of the thing wherein he trauaileth? Ecclesiastes 3:10 I haue seene the trauaile that God hath giuen to ye sonnes of men to humble them thereby.

There is an excellency in God's works:

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He hath made euery thing beautifull in his time: also he hath set the worlde in their heart, yet can not man finde out the worke that God hath wrought fro the beginning euen to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:12 I know that there is nothing good in them, but to reioyce, and to doe good in his life. Ecclesiastes 3:13 And also that euery man eateth and drinketh, and seeth the commoditie of all his labour. This is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:14 I knowe that whatsoeuer God shall doe, it shalbe for euer: to it can no man adde, and from it can none diminish: for God hath done it, that they should feare before him. Ecclesiastes 3:15 What is that that hath bene? That is nowe: and that that shalbe, hath now bene: for God requireth that which is past.

but as for man, God shall judge his works there, and here he shall be like a beast.

Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreouer I haue seene vnder the sunne the place of iudgement, where was wickednesse, and the place of iustice where was iniquitie. Ecclesiastes 3:17 I thought in mine heart, God wil iudge the iust and the wicked: for time is there for euery purpose and for euery worke. Ecclesiastes 3:18 I considered in mine heart the state of the children of men that God had purged them: yet to see to, they are in themselues as beastes. Ecclesiastes 3:19 For the condition of the children of men, and the condition of beasts are euen as one condition vnto them. As the one dyeth, so dyeth the other: for they haue all one breath, and there is no excellency of man aboue ye beast: for all is vanitie. Ecclesiastes 3:20 All goe to one place, & all was of the dust, and all shall returne to the dust. Ecclesiastes 3:21 Who knoweth whether the spirit of man ascend vpward, and the spirit of the beast descend downeward to the earth? Ecclesiastes 3:22 Therefore I see that there is nothing better then that a man shoulde reioyce in his affaires, because that is his portion. For who shal bring him to see what shalbe after him?

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