1To all things there is an appointed time, and a time to euery purpose vnder the heauen.
2A time to bee borne, and a time to die: a time to plant, and a time to plucke vp that which is planted.
3A time to slay, and a time to heale: a time to breake downe, and a time to builde.
4A time to weepe, and a time to laugh: a time to mourne, and a time to dance.
5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones: a time to embrace, and a time to be farre from embracing.
6A time to seeke, and a time to lose: a time to keepe, and a time to cast away.
7A time to rent, and a time to sowe: a time to keepe silence, and a time to speake.
8A time to loue, and a time to hate: a time of warre, and a time of peace.
9What profite hath hee that worketh of the thing wherein he trauaileth?
10I haue seene the trauaile that God hath giuen to ye sonnes of men to humble them thereby.
11He 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.
12I know that there is nothing good in them, but to reioyce, and to doe good in his life.
13And also that euery man eateth and drinketh, and seeth the commoditie of all his labour. this is the gift of God.
14I 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.
15What is that that hath bene? that is nowe: and that that shalbe, hath now bene: for God requireth that which is past.
16And moreouer I haue seene vnder the sunne the place of iudgement, where was wickednesse, and the place of iustice where was iniquitie.
17I thought in mine heart, God wil iudge the iust and the wicked: for time is there for euery purpose and for euery worke.
18I 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.
19For 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.
20All goe to one place, and all was of the dust, and all shall returne to the dust.
21Who knoweth whether the spirit of man ascend vpward, and the spirit of the beast descend downeward to the earth?
22Therefore 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?