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There is an occasion for everything,

and a time for every activity under heaven:y

a time to give birth and a time to die;z

a time to plant and a time to uproot;L

a time to kill and a time to heal;

a time to tear down and a time to build;

a time to weep and a time to laugh;aa

a time to mourn and a time to dance;ab

a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;ac

a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;ad

a time to search and a time to count as lost;

a time to keep and a time to throw away;

a time to tear and a time to sew;

a time to be silent and a time to speak;ae

a time to love and a time to hate;

a time for war and a time for peace.af

What does the worker gain from his struggles?ag 10 I have seen the task that God has given the children of Adam to keep them occupied.ah 11 He has made everything appropriateM in its time.ai He has also put eternity in their hearts,N but no one can discover the work God has done from beginning to end.aj 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy theA good life. 13 It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts.a 14 I know that everything God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it.b God works so that people will be in awe of him.c 15 Whatever is, has already been,d and whatever will be, already is. However, God seeks justice for the persecuted.B


16 I also observed under the sun: there is wickedness at the place of judgment and there is wickedness at the place of righteousness.e 17 I said to myself, “God will judge the righteous and the wicked,f since there is a time for every activity and every work.”g 18 I said to myself, “This happens so that God may test the children of Adam and they may see for themselves that they are like animals.”h 19 For the fate of the children of Adam and the fate of animals is the same.i As one dies, so dies the other; they all have the same breath. People have no advantage over animals since everything is futile. 20 All are going to the same place; all come from dust, and all return to dust.j 21 Who knows if the spirits of the children of Adam go upward and the spirits of animals go downward to the earth? 22 I have seen that there is nothing better than for a person to enjoy his activitiesk because that is his reward. For who can enable him to see what will happen after he dies?C,l


About Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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