A Time for Everything
For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, 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 dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
The God-Given Task
What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.
That which is, already has been;
that which is to be, already has been;
and God seeks what has been driven away.
From Dust to Dust
Moreover, I saw under the sun
that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness,
and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness.
I said in my heart,
God will judge
the righteous and the wicked,
for there is a time for every matter
and for every work.
11:7 - 12:8
Light is sweet,
and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.
So if a person lives many years,
let him rejoice in them all;
but let him remember that the days of darkness
will be many.
All that comes is vanity.
Rejoice, O young man, in your youth,
and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth.
Walk in the ways of your heart
and the sight of your eyes.
But know that for all these things
God will bring you into judgment.
Remove vexation from your heart,
and put away pain from your body,
for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
Remember Your Creator in Your Youth
Remember also your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the evil days come
and the years draw near of which you will say,
“I have no pleasure in them”;
before the sun and the light
and the moon and the stars are darkened
and the clouds return after the rain,
in the day when the keepers of the house tremble,
and the strong men are bent,
and the grinders cease because they are few,
and those who look through the windows are dimmed,
and the doors on the street are shut—
when the sound of the grinding is low,
and one rises up at the sound of a bird,
and all the daughters of song are brought low—
they are afraid also of what is high,
and terrors are in the way;
the almond tree blossoms,
the grasshopper drags itself along,
and desire fails,
because man is going to his eternal home,
and the mourners go about the streets—
before the silver cord is snapped,
or the golden bowl is broken,
or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain,
or the wheel broken at the cistern,
and the dust returns to the earth as it was,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher;
all is vanity.
The end of the matter;
all has been heard.
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
For God will bring every deed into judgment,
with every secret thing,
whether good or evil.
2 Chronicles 9:29 (1 Kings 11:41)
Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, from first to last, are they not written in the history of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat?
2 Chronicles 9:30,31a (1 Kings 11:42,43) (Ca. 931 B.C.)
Death of Solomon
Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. And Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David his father.
2 Chronicles 9:31b
Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.
Holy Bible, English Standard Version,
as arranged in chronological order by F. Legard Smith