Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

Common English Bible

1There’s a season for everything
and a time for every matter under the heavens:
2a time for giving birth and a time for dying,
a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted,
3a time for killing and a time for healing,
a time for tearing down and a time for building up,
4a time for crying and a time for laughing,
a time for mourning and a time for dancing,
5a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones,
a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces,
6a time for searching and a time for losing,
a time for keeping and a time for throwing away,
7a time for tearing and a time for repairing,
a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking,
8a time for loving and a time for hating,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Hard work
9What do workers gain from all their hard work? 10I have observed the task that God has given human beings. 11God has made everything fitting in its time, but has also placed eternity in their hearts, without enabling them to discover what God has done from beginning to end.
12I know that there’s nothing better for them but to enjoy themselves and do what’s good while they live. 13Moreover, this is the gift of God: that all people should eat, drink, and enjoy the results of their hard work. 14I know that whatever God does will last forever; it’s impossible to add to it or take away from it. God has done this so that people are reverent before him.#Or to inspire awe before the divine