Ecclesiastes 3:17
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New International Version
I said to myself, "God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed."

New Living Translation
I said to myself, "In due season God will judge everyone, both good and bad, for all their deeds."

English Standard Version
I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work.

New American Standard Bible
I said to myself, "God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man," for a time for every matter and for every deed is there.

King James Bible
I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I said to myself, "God will judge the righteous and the wicked, since there is a time for every activity and every work."

International Standard Version
I told myself, "God will judge both the righteous and the wicked, because there is a time set to judge every event and every work."

NET Bible
I thought to myself, "God will judge both the righteous and the wicked; for there is an appropriate time for every activity, and there is a time of judgment for every deed.

New Heart English Bible
I said in my heart, "God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I thought to myself, "God will judge righteous people as well as wicked people, because there is a specific time for every activity and every work that is done."

JPS Tanakh 1917
I said in my heart: 'The righteous and the wicked God will judge; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.'

New American Standard 1977
I said to myself, “God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man,” for a time for every matter and for every deed is there.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time determined to judge every will and regarding everything that is done.

King James 2000 Bible
I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time for every purpose and for every work.

American King James Version
I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

American Standard Version
I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said in my heart: God shall judge both the just and the wicked, and then shall be the time of every thing.

Darby Bible Translation
I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

English Revised Version
I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

Webster's Bible Translation
I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

World English Bible
I said in my heart, "God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work."

Young's Literal Translation
I said in my heart, 'The righteous and the wicked doth God judge, for a time is to every matter and for every work there.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:16-22 Without the fear of the Lord, man is but vanity; set that aside, and judges will not use their power well. And there is another Judge that stands before the door. With God there is a time for the redressing of grievances, though as yet we see it not. Solomon seems to express his wish that men might perceive, that by choosing this world as their portion, they brought themselves to a level with the beasts, without being free, as they are, from present vexations and a future account. Both return to the dust from whence they were taken. What little reason have we to be proud of our bodies, or bodily accomplishments! But as none can fully comprehend, so few consider properly, the difference between the rational soul of man, and the spirit or life of the beast. The spirit of man goes upward, to be judged, and is then fixed in an unchangeable state of happiness or misery. It is as certain that the spirit of the beast goes downward to the earth; it perishes at death. Surely their case is lamentable, the height of whose hopes and wishes is, that they may die like beasts. Let our inquiry be, how an eternity of existence may be to us an eternity of enjoyment? To answer this, is the grand design of revelation. Jesus is revealed as the Son of God, and the Hope of sinners.
Study Bible
From Dust to Dust
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. 17I said to myself, "God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man," for a time for every matter and for every deed is there. 18I said to myself concerning the sons of men, "God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts."…
Cross References
Matthew 16:27
For the Son of Man will come in His Father's glory with His angels, and then He will repay each one according to what he has done.

Romans 2:6
God "will repay each one according to his deeds."

2 Thessalonians 1:6
After all, it is only right for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,

Genesis 18:25
"Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?"

Psalm 96:13
Before the LORD, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness.

Psalm 98:9
Before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness And the peoples with equity.

Ecclesiastes 3:1
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven--

Ecclesiastes 8:6
For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight, though a man's trouble is heavy upon him.

Ecclesiastes 11:9
Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things.

Ecclesiastes 12:14
For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
Treasury of Scripture

I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

said

Ecclesiastes 1:16 I communed with my own heart, saying, See, I am come to great estate…

Ecclesiastes 2:1 I said in my heart, Go to now, I will prove you with mirth, therefore …

God

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, …

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous …

Psalm 98:9 Before the LORD; for he comes to judge the earth: with righteousness …

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his …

Matthew 25:31-46 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels …

John 5:22,26-29 For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son…

Acts 17:31 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world …

Romans 2:5-9 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself …

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every …

2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation …

Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose …

for

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Jeremiah 29:10,11 For thus said the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished …

Daniel 11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: …

Daniel 12:4,9,11-13 But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to …

Acts 1:7 And he said to them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, …

1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that …

2 Peter 3:7,8 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are …

Revelation 11:2,3,18 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure …

Revelation 17:12-17 And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which have received …

Revelation 20:7-9 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out …

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