1 To every thing there is a a, and a b to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A a to be born, and a time to b; 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 a; a time to b, 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 a, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to a, and a time to sew; a time to keep b, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to a; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he a?
10 I have seen the a, which God hath given to the sons of men to be b in it.
11 He hath made every thing a in his time: also b hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the c 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 a in his life.
13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the a of God.
14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be a b: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should c before him.
15 That which hath been is a; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
16 ¶And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that a was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
17 I said in mine heart, God shall a the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
18 I said in mine heart concerning the a of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are b.
19 For that which a 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.
20 All go unto one place; all are of the a, and all turn to dust again.
21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own a; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?