Ecclesiastes 3:15
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New International Version
Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.

New Living Translation
What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.

English Standard Version
That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.

New American Standard Bible
That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.

King James Bible
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whatever is, has already been, and whatever will be, already is. God repeats what has passed.

International Standard Version
That which was, now is; and that which will be, already is; and God examines what has already taken place.

NET Bible
Whatever exists now has already been, and whatever will be has already been; for God will seek to do again what has occurred in the past.

New Heart English Bible
That which is has been long ago, and that which is to be has been long ago: and God seeks again that which is passed away.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whatever has happened [in the past] is present now. Whatever is going to happen [in the future] has already happened [in the past]. God will call the past to account.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That which is hath been long ago, and that which is to be hath already been; and God seeketh that which is pursued.

New American Standard 1977
That which is has been already, and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.

Jubilee Bible 2000
That which has been is now, and that which is to be has already been and God shall seek that which is past.

King James 2000 Bible
That which has been is now; and that which is to be has already been; and God requires that which is past.

American King James Version
That which has been is now; and that which is to be has already been; and God requires that which is past.

American Standard Version
That which is hath been long ago; and that which is to be hath long ago been: and God seeketh again that which is passed away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That which hath been made, the same continueth: the things that shall be, have already been: and God restoreth that which is past.

Darby Bible Translation
That which is was long ago, and that which is to be hath already been; and God bringeth back again that which is past.

English Revised Version
That which is hath been already; and that which is to be hath already been: and God seeketh again that which is passed away.

Webster's Bible Translation
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

World English Bible
That which is has been long ago, and that which is to be has been long ago: and God seeks again that which is passed away.

Young's Literal Translation
What is that which hath been? already it is, and that which is to be hath already been, and God requireth that which is pursued.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:11-15 Every thing is as God made it; not as it appears to us. We have the world so much in our hearts, are so taken up with thoughts and cares of worldly things, that we have neither time nor spirit to see God's hand in them. The world has not only gained possession of the heart, but has formed thoughts against the beauty of God's works. We mistake if we think we were born for ourselves; no, it is our business to do good in this life, which is short and uncertain; we have but little time to be doing good, therefore we should redeem time. Satisfaction with Divine Providence, is having faith that all things work together for good to them that love him. God doeth all, that men should fear before him. The world, as it has been, is, and will be. There has no change befallen us, nor has any temptation by it taken us, but such as is common to men.
Study Bible
The Excellence in God's Works
14I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. 15That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by. 16Furthermore, I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is wickedness and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:9
That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:12
So I turned to consider wisdom, madness and folly; for what will the man do who will come after the king except what has already been done?

Ecclesiastes 6:10
Whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is.
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