Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 & 3:1-17
1:1 The wordsI of the Teacher,II the sonIII
of David,IV kingV in Jerusalem.VI
2 VanityVII of vanities, says the Teacher,
vanity of vanities! AllVIII is vanity.
3 What do peopleIX gainX from all the toilXI
at which they toilXII underXIII the sun?XIV
4 A generationXV goes,XVI and a generation comes,XVII
but the earthXVIII remainsXIX forever.XX
5 The sun rises,XXI and the sun goes downXXII
and hurriesXXIII to the placeXXIV where it rises.
6 The wind blowsXXV to the southXXVI
and goes aroundXXVII to the north;XXVIII
roundXXIX and round goesXXX the wind,XXXI
and on its circuitsXXXII the wind returns.XXXIII
7 All streamsXXXIV runXXXV to the sea,XXXVI
but the sea is notXXXVII full;XXXVIII
to the place where the streams flow,XXXIX
there they continueXL to flow.
8 All thingsXLI are wearisome,XLII
more than oneXLIII canXLIV express;XLV
the eyeXLVI is not satisfiedXLVII with seeingXLVIII
or the earXLIX filledL with hearing.LI
9 What has beenLII is what will be,
and what has been doneLIII is what will be done;
there is nothingLIV newLV under the sun.
10 Is thereLVI a thing of which it is said,
“See, this is new”?
It has alreadyLVII been
in the agesLVIII beforeLIX us.
11 The people of long agoLX are notLXI remembered,LXII
nor will there be any remembranceLXIII
LXIVof people yetLXV to comeLXVI
by those who comeLXVII afterLXVIII them.
3:1 For everythingLXIX there is a seasonLXX and a timeLXXI
for everyLXXII matterLXXIII under heaven:LXXIV
2 a time to be bornLXXV and a time to die;LXXVI
a time to plantLXXVII and a time to pluck upLXXVIII what is planted;
3 a time to killLXXIX and a time to heal;LXXX
a time to break downLXXXI and a time to build up;LXXXII
4 a time to weepLXXXIII and a time to laugh;LXXXIV
a time to mournLXXXV and a time to dance;LXXXVI
5 a time to throw awayLXXXVII stonesLXXXVIII and a time to gatherLXXXIX stones together;
a time to embraceXC and a time to refrainXCI from embracing;
6 a time to seekXCII and a time to lose;XCIII
a time to keepXCIV and a time to throw away;
7 a time to tearXCV and a time to sew;XCVI
a time to keep silentXCVII and a time to speak;XCVIII
8 a time to loveXCIX and a time to hate;C
a time for warCI and a time for peace.CII
9 What gain have the workersCIII from their toil?CIV 10 I have seen the businessCV that GodCVI has givenCVII to everyoneCVIII to be busyCIX with.
11 He has madeCX everything suitableCXI for its time; moreover,CXII he has putCXIII
a sense of past and futureCXIV into their minds,CXV yetCXVI theyCXVII cannot find outCXVIII
what God hasCXIX doneCXX from the beginningCXXI toCXXII the end.CXXIII
12 I knowCXXIV that there is nothing betterCXXV for them than to be happyCXXVI and enjoyCXXVII themselves as long as they live;CXXVIII
13 moreover, it is God’s giftCXXIX that allCXXX should eatCXXXI and drinkCXXXII and take pleasureCXXXIII in all their toil.CXXXIV
14 I know thatCXXXV whatever God does enduresCXXXVI forever; nothing can be addedCXXXVII to it norCXXXVIII anything takenCXXXIX from it; God has done this so that all should stand in aweCXL beforeCXLI him.
15 That which is already has been, that which is to be already is, and God seeks out what has gone by.CXLII
16 Moreover,CXLIII I saw under the sun that, in the place of justice,CXLIV wickednessCXLV was there, and in the place of righteousness,CXLVI wickedness was there as well.
17 I said to myself,CXLVII “God will judgeCXLVIII the righteousCXLIX and the wicked,CL for he has appointed a time for every matter and for every work.”CLI
Image credit: “A Lame Man is Healed” by Nadine de Boer.