Human effort will ultimately come to nothing, but whatever God does will endure.

BibleGateway: Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

ESV Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

Ecclesiastes 3:1–14 (Listen)

A Time for Everything

3:1 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? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 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. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

14 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.

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 3

     1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 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 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 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; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. 9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? 10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

     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. 12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. 13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 383:
Seek Where Ye may to Find a Way

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Seek where ye may To find a way 
That leads to your salvation; 
My heart is stilled, On Christ I build, 
He is the one Foundation. 
His Word is sure, His works endure; 
He doth o’erthrow My every foe; 
Through Him I more than conquer. 

2. Seek whom ye may To be your stay; 
None can redeem his brother. 
All helpers failed, This Man prevailed, 
The God-man, and none other. 
Our Servant-Lord Did help afford; 
We’re justified, For He hath died, 
The Guiltless for the guilty. 

3. Seek Him alone, Who did atone, 
Who did your souls deliver; 
Yea, seek Him first, All ye who thirst 
For grace that faileth never. 
In every need Seek Him indeed; 
To every heart He will impart 
His blessings without measure. 

4. My heart’s Delight, My Crown most bright, 
Thou, Jesus, art forever. 
Nor wealth nor pride Nor aught beside 
Our bond of love shall sever. 
Thou art my Lord; Thy precious Word 
Shall be my guide, Whate’er betide. 
Oh, teach me, Lord, to trust Thee! 

5. Hide not from me, I ask of Thee, 
Thy gracious face and favor. 
Though floods of woe Should o’er me flow, 
My faith shall never waver. 
From pain and grief Grant sweet relief; 
For tears I weep, Lord, let me reap 
Thy heavenly joy and glory. 


Hymn: LSB 671 Sing With All the Saints in Glory
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