Favorite Poem #4: “Ecclesiastes 3: A Time for Everything”

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Some of the most beautiful poetry ever written is in the Bible, and these are my absolute favorite verses. “A Time for Everything” is often included in literature anthologies, and over the years, I was lucky enough to teach the passage.

Also, I love The Byrds’ song, which is based on these verses, and I included a link to “Turn, Turn, Turn.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNopQq5lWqQ

 

ECCLESIASTES 3

A Time for Everything

 1 There is a time for everything,
       and a season for every activity under heaven:

 2 a time to be born and a time to die,
       a time to plant and a time to uproot,

 3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
       a time to tear down and a time to build,

 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
       a time to mourn and a time to dance,

 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
       a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

 6 a time to search and a time to give up,
       a time to keep and a time to throw away,

 7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
       a time to be silent and a time to speak,

 8 a time to love and a time to hate,
       a time for war and a time for peace.

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5 responses »

  1. Kim,

    I love this “poem” or verses, I have heard it told to me so many times while I was young. Unfortunately, it was always used at Arnold family funerals. So I have grown up looking at it as a sad statement that we only have, but, a short time on this earth, so we better make the best of it while we are here. I know now that that is not what it is saying at all, but years and years of seeing my family buried and hearing this poem read, has left me a little scarred. With that being said, I am really glad you chose this set of verses for todays posting, not only is it a wonderful poem, but it gave me some time to reflect on my loved ones who have passed, some of them many years ago. Thank you Kim, you always hit the nail on the head. I have been so busy this week thinking about other people and other things that I kinda forgot to think about myself every once in a while. Thank you. Thank you for all of your great selections, thank you for all of your great comments, and thank you for all of your wonderful support.

    Tom

  2. This is a beautiful reminder. I love A Time for Everything. The Bible contains such beautiful verse. And it’s been around forever. Imagine someone reading your poems and stories years from now. What a wonderful feeling.

    Thanks.

    Bev

    • Thank you, Beverly. And yes, imagine someone reading our stories years from now. 🙂

      And next week, I’m featuring a couple poets from Gather. I’m very excited about sharing their writings with others–just as I’m looking forward to reading your next book!

      • Oh, I’ll look forward to your posts next week. BTW, your book is on my TBR list. I’ve been lucky lately and have won several books that are waiting for my attention. I have to limit my reading time because of my eyes, but I’ll get them read. 🙂 Sort of like the turtle, slow but sure.

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