Ecclesiastes 3:5
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New International Version
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

New Living Translation
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away.

English Standard Version
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

New American Standard Bible
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.

King James Bible
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;

International Standard Version
a time to scatter stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

NET Bible
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to hug and a time to stop hugging,

JPS Tanakh 1917
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

New American Standard 1977
A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones;
            A time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

King James 2000 Bible
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

American King James Version
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

American Standard Version
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Douay-Rheims Bible
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather. A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.

Darby Bible Translation
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

English Revised Version
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Webster's Bible Translation
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

World English Bible
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Young's Literal Translation
A time to cast away stones, And a time to heap up stones. A time to embrace, And a time to be far from embracing.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
To Everything There is a Season
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. 6A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 3:4
A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.

Ecclesiastes 3:6
A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away.
Treasury of Scripture

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

to cast

Joshua 4:3-9 And command you them, saying, Take you hence out of the middle of …

Joshua 10:27 And it came to pass at the time of the going down of the sun, that …

2 Samuel 18:17,18 And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, …

2 Kings 3:25 And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast …

a time to embrace

Exodus 19:15 And he said to the people, Be ready against the third day: come not …

1 Samuel 21:4,5 And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread …

Songs 2:6,7 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand does embrace me…

Joel 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, …

1 Corinthians 7:5 Defraud you not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, …

refrain from

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