Ecclesiastes
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Ecclesiastes 3

(3:1-8) "To everything there is a season."
Some nice poetry and a great Byrds song. ("Turn, Turn, Turn" -- written by Pete Seeger)
(3:1) "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"

(3:2) "A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;"

(3:3) "A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;"
To kill or not to kill.

(3:4) "A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;"
Is it OK to dance?

(3:5) "A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;"

(3:6) "A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;"

(3:7) "A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;"
Should we rend our clothes?

(3:8) "A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."

(3:11a) "He hath made every thing beautiful."
Everything is beautiful in its own way. Parasitic worms, cancer cells, bubonic plague. You just have to look at it from God's eyes.

(3:11b)
"No man can find out the work that God maketh."
Science is impossible. We can learn nothing at all about the natural world.

(3:12-13) Strive to enjoy and do good in this life. You only get one chance.

(3:12) "I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life."

(3:13) "Every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour."

(3:14) "God doeth it, that men should fear before him."
Should we fear God?

(3:15) "That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past."
God makes everything happen over and over.

(3:19-22) Men and animals both die and their spirits don't survive death.
Is death final?

(3:19) "For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity."

(3:20) "All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again."

(3:21) "Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?"

(3:22) "Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works."

3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3:3 A time to kill, 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 dance;
3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
3:6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, 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 profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
3:10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
3:12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
3:13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
3:14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
3:15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
3:17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
3:19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
3:20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
3:22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

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