Solomon: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (To Everything There Is A Season)


To everything there is a season,

and a time to every purpose under the heavens:


A time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which 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 get, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away;


A time to rend, 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 of war, and a time of peace.



William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure: A Retelling in Prose, by David Bruce

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