Poetry in the Bible: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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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.

Daily Response: What is your favorite line from this passage?

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  1. As I have gotten older with many choices to make today and for the rest of my life, I can say my favorite scripture verse is: “6 a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,”

    • Darlene, that was also my choice…getting older makes me think of what is truly valuable in my life these days…minimalism comes to mind…haha.

  2. I love it all, so it’s hard to choose a favorite line. I’d have to say this one though:

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

    • This is one of my favorite passages, Beverly. I posted it last year and will post it every year I showcase poetry on my blog. It is full of beautiful lines! Have a great day. I hope you find time to “laugh” and “dance,” my friend!

    • My choice as well, Beverly…it helps me know that in times of sadness there will be a time of laughter again, as well.

  3. Always been partialed to: “a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain”

    My all-time favorite Bible passage is the story of the Centurion who petitioned Jesus to mend his servant, by simply saying the word.

    Here’s my version:

    THE CENTURION
    ©Robert C Burnham
    robert21167@earthlink.net

    You were in the employ of Pilate
    And you served a Roman horde
    You killed many men in battle
    And defeated rebel discord
    Your reputation built on muscle
    Your brain followed your brawn
    In the face of bitter conflict
    Your sword was the first drawn
    Your assignment was Jerusalem
    To keep all the Jews at bay
    Your men honored and feared you
    And would do whatever you say
    You could tell one man ‘go there’
    And he’d be off on a trot
    Summoning another to ‘come here’
    Would fetch you what you sought

    You heard the stories of a man
    You thought very much like you
    A leader assuredly among all men
    Someone whose word was true
    Although this man of lowly birth
    Walked and spoke of peace
    You saw greatness within his stride
    That even Caesar could not repeat
    You heard the stories of his miracles
    And how he supposedly raised the dead
    While all the rest of Rome scoffed
    You chose to believe instead
    And so upon one fateful day
    When your precious servant became ill
    You told this man ‘You can make him well
    If it just be your will’

    Upon your faith, Lord Jesus smiled
    Though you were Roman He did not turn
    He commended you in front of all
    A lesson I still learn
    “To all Jerusalem I make known
    This man’s faith is greater than thee
    He is not known as one of us
    But in me he doth believe
    Come, Roman, I will heal your slave
    Let us go and make him well”
    You replied with tears in his eye
    “My home is not worthy of you pray tell
    But Teacher you just say the word
    And my servant, he shall heal!”
    And with this unbridled show of faith
    You bowed before God and kneeled.

  4. The first line strikes me the most as the all-encompassing truth : 1 There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under heaven:
    It speaks to me of the absolute sovereignty of God…luck, fate, karma, don’t exist in my mind.

    I love verse 4 and 6 as individual truths. Thank you for sharing a passage that is so dear to you, Kimberly. It is one the most memorable passages of life in this broken world.

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