Ecclesiastes 3:4
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New International Version
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

New Living Translation
A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.

English Standard Version
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

New American Standard Bible
A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.

King James Bible
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance;

International Standard Version
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

NET Bible
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
a time to cry and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

Jubilee Bible 2000
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

King James 2000 Bible
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

American King James Version
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

American Standard Version
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Douay-Rheims Bible
A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance.

Darby Bible Translation
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

English Revised Version
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Webster's Bible Translation
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

World English Bible
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Young's Literal Translation
A time to weep, And a time to laugh. A time to mourn, And a time to skip.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-10 To expect unchanging happiness in a changing world, must end in disappointment. To bring ourselves to our state in life, is our duty and wisdom in this world. God's whole plan for the government of the world will be found altogether wise, just, and good. Then let us seize the favourable opportunity for every good purpose and work. The time to die is fast approaching. Thus labour and sorrow fill the world. This is given us, that we may always have something to do; none were sent into the world to be idle.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - A time to weep, and a time to laugh, grouped naturally with a time to mourn, and a time to dance. The funeral and the wedding, the hired mourners and the guests at the marriage-feast, are set against one another. The first clause intimates the spontaneous manifestation of the feelings of the heart; the second, their formal expression in the performances at funerals and weddings and on other solemn occasions. The contrast is found in the Lord's allusion to the sulky children in the market-place, who would not join their companions' play: "We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented" (Matthew 11:17). Dancing sometimes accompanied religious sere-monies, as when David brought up the ark (2 Samuel 6:14, 16).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A time to weep, and a time to laugh,.... There is a time for these things, as it goes ill or well with persons, as to their health, estate, or friends; and as it goes ill or well with kingdoms and states. The Jews wept when they were in Babylon, and their mouths were filled with laughter when their captivity was returned, Psalm 137:1; and as it goes ill or well with the church of Christ, when there are corruptions in doctrine and worship, a neglect of ordinances, declensions in faith and practice, few instances of conversion, and there are divisions and contentions, it is a time for the mourners in Zion to weep but when God creates Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy, or makes her an eternal excellency, and the praise of the whole earth, then it is a time to rejoice and be glad, Isaiah 61:3; and as it is, with believers, when Christ is withdrawn from them, it is a time to lament, but, when the bridegroom is with them, it is a time of joy; when it is a night of darkness and desertion, weeping endures, but when the morning comes, the day breaks, and the sun of righteousness arises, joy comes with it, Matthew 9:15 John 16:19. Now in the present state is the saints' weeping time; in the time to come they will laugh, or be filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory, Luke 6:21;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance; to mourn at funerals, and to dance at festivals; in a spiritual sense, God sometimes turns the mourning of his people into dancing, or joy, which that is expressive of; see Psalm 30:11.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. mourn—namely, for the dead (Ge 23:2).

dance—as David before the ark (2Sa 6:12-14; Ps 30:11); spiritually (Mt 9:15; Lu 6:21; 15:25). The Pharisees, by requiring sadness out of time, erred seriously.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
To Everything There is a Season
3A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. 5A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.…
Cross References
Romans 12:15
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

Exodus 15:20
Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron's sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing.

Psalm 30:11
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

Psalm 126:2
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."

Ecclesiastes 3:5
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
Treasury of Scripture

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

time to weep

Nehemiah 8:9-12 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, …

Nehemiah 9:1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel …

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping …

Psalm 126:1,2,5,6 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them …

Isaiah 22:12,13 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to …

Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said to them, Can the children of the bridal chamber mourn, …

Matthew 11:17 And saying, We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have …

John 16:20-22 Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the …

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented …

James 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to …

a time to laugh

Genesis 21:6 And Sarah said, God has made me to laugh, so that all that hear will …

Luke 1:13,14,58 But the angel said to him, Fear not, Zacharias: for your prayer is …

Luke 6:21-25 Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed …

to dance

Exodus 15:20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand…

2 Samuel 6:16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's …

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