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YOUNG'S LITERAL TRANSLATION
3:1 To everything -- a season, and a time to every delight under the heavens:
3:2 A time to bring forth, And a time to die. A time to plant, And a time to eradicate the planted.
3:3 A time to slay, And a time to heal, A time to break down, And a time to build up.
3:4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh. A time to mourn, And a time to skip.
3:5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to heap up stones. A time to embrace, And a time to be far from embracing.
3:6 A time to seek, And a time to destroy. A time to keep, And a time to cast away.
3:7 A time to rend, And a time to sew. A time to be silent, And a time to speak.
3:8 A time to love, And a time to hate. A time of war, And a time of peace.
3:9 What advantage hath the doer in that which he is labouring at?
3:10 I have seen the travail that God hath given to the sons of man to be humbled by it.
3:11 The whole He hath made beautiful in its season; also, that knowledge He hath put in their heart without which man findeth not out the work that God hath done from the beginning even unto the end.
3:12 I have known that there is no good for them except to rejoice and to do good during their life,
3:13 yea, even every man who eateth and hath drunk and seen good by all his labour, it `is' a gift of God.
3:14 I have known that all that God doth is to the age, to it nothing is to be added, and from it nothing is to be withdrawn; and God hath wrought that they do fear before Him.
3:15 What is that which hath been? already it is, and that which `is' to be hath already been, and God requireth that which is pursued.
3:16 And again, I have seen under the sun the place of judgment -- there `is' the wicked; and the place of righteousness -- there `is' the wicked.
3:17 I said in my heart, `The righteous and the wicked doth God judge, for a time `is' to every matter and for every work there.'
3:18 I said in my heart concerning the matter of the sons of man that God might cleanse them, so as to see that they themselves `are' beasts.
3:19 For an event `is to' the sons of man, and an event `is to' the beasts, even one event `is' to them; as the death of this, so `is' the death of that; and one spirit `is' to all, and the advantage of man above the beast is nothing, for the whole `is' vanity.
3:20 The whole are going unto one place, the whole have been from the dust, and the whole are turning back unto the dust.
3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of the sons of man that is going up on high, and the spirit of the beast that is going down below to the earth?
3:22 And I have seen that there is nothing better than that man rejoice in his works, for it `is' his portion; for who doth bring him in to look on that which is after him?
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