To everything -- a season, and a time to every delight under the heavens:
A time to bring forth, And a time to die. A time to plant, And a time to eradicate the planted.
A time to slay, And a time to heal, A time to break down, And a time to build up.
A time to weep, And a time to laugh. A time to mourn, And a time to skip.
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.
A time to seek, And a time to destroy. A time to keep, And a time to cast away.
A time to rend, And a time to sew. A time to be silent, And a time to speak.
A time to love, And a time to hate. A time of war, And a time of peace.
What advantage hath the doer in that which he is labouring at?
I have seen the travail that God hath given to the sons of man to be humbled by it.
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.
I have known that there is no good for them except to rejoice and to do good during their life,
yea, even every man who eateth and hath drunk and seen good by all his labour, it [is] a gift of God.
I have known that all that God doth is to the age, to it nothing is to be added, and from it nothing is to be withdrawn; and God hath wrought that they do fear before Him.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
The whole are going unto one place, the whole have been from the dust, and the whole are turning back unto the dust.
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?
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?
And I have turned, and I see all the oppressions that are done under the sun, and lo, the tear of the oppressed, and they have no comforter; and at the hand of their oppressors [is] power, and they have no comforter.
And I am praising the dead who have already died above the living who are yet alive.
And better than both of them [is] he who hath not yet been, in that he hath not seen the evil work that hath been done under the sun.
And I have seen all the labour, and all the benefit of the work, because for it a man is the envy of his neighbour. Even this [is] vanity and vexation of spirit.
The fool is clasping his hands, and eating his own flesh:
`Better [is] a handful [with] quietness, than two handfuls [with] labour and vexation of spirit.'
And I have turned, and I see a vain thing under the sun:
There is one, and there is not a second; even son or brother he hath not, and there is no end to all his labour! His eye also is not satisfied with riches, and [he saith not], `For whom am I labouring and bereaving my soul of good?' This also is vanity, it is a sad travail.
The two [are] better than the one, in that they have a good reward by their labour.
For if they fall, the one raiseth up his companion, but wo to the one who falleth and there is not a second to raise him up!
Also, if two lie down, then they have heat, but how hath one heat?
And if the one strengthen himself, the two stand against him; and the threefold cord is not hastily broken.
Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who hath not known to be warned any more.
For from a house of prisoners he hath come out to reign, for even in his own kingdom he hath been poor.
I have seen all the living, who are walking under the sun, with the second youth who doth stand in his place;
there is no end to all the people, to all who were before them; also, the latter rejoice not in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.