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Geneva Bible (1599): Ecclesiastes 3

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1 To all things there is an appointed time, and a time to euery purpose vnder the heauen.

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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.

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3 A time to slay, and a time to heale: a time to breake downe, and a time to builde.

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4 A time to weepe, and a time to laugh: a time to mourne, and a time to dance.

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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.

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6 A time to seeke, and a time to lose: a time to keepe, and a time to cast away.

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7 A time to rent, and a time to sowe: a time to keepe silence, and a time to speake.

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8 A time to loue, and a time to hate: a time of warre, and a time of peace.

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9 What profite hath hee that worketh of the thing wherein he trauaileth?

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10 I haue seene the trauaile that God hath giuen to ye sonnes of men to humble them thereby.

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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 from the beginning euen to the end.

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12 I know that there is nothing good in them, but to reioyce, and to doe good in his life.

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13 And also that euery man eateth and drinketh, and seeth the commoditie of all his labour. this is the gift of God.

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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.

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15 What is that that hath bene? that is nowe: and that that shalbe, hath now bene: for God requireth that which is past.

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16 And moreouer I haue seene vnder the sunne the place of iudgement, where was wickednesse, and the place of iustice where was iniquitie.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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20 All goe to one place, and all was of the dust, and all shall returne to the dust.

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21 Who knoweth whether the spirit of man ascend vpward, and the spirit of the beast descend downeward to the earth?

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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 shall bring him to see what shalbe after him?

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