Ecclesiastes 3:6
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New International Version
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

New Living Translation
A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away.

English Standard Version
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

New American Standard Bible
A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away.

King James Bible
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
a time to search and a time to count as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away;

International Standard Version
a time to search, and a time to give up searching; a time to keep, and a time to discard;

NET Bible
A time to search, and a time to give something up as lost; a time to keep, and a time to throw away;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
a time to start looking and a time to stop looking, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

Jubilee Bible 2000
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

King James 2000 Bible
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

American King James Version
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

American Standard Version
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Douay-Rheims Bible
A time to get, and a time to lose. A time to keep, and a time to cast away.

Darby Bible Translation
A time to seek, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to cast away;

English Revised Version
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Webster's Bible Translation
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

World English Bible
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Young's Literal Translation
A time to seek, And a time to destroy. A time to keep, And a time to cast away.
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 6. - A time to get (seek), and a time to lose. The verb abad, in piel, is used in the sense of "to destroy" (Ecclesiastes 7:7), and it is only in late Hebrew that it signifies, as here, "to lose." The reference is doubtless to property, and has no connection with the last clause of the preceding verse, as Delitzsch would opine. There is a proper and lawful pursuit of wealth, and there is a wise and prudent submission to its inevitable loss. The loss here is occasioned by events over which the owner has no control, differing from that in the next clause, which is voluntary. The wise man knows when to exert his energy in improving his fortune, and when to hold his hand and take failure without useless struggle. Loss, too, is sometimes gain, as when Christ's departure in the flesh was the prelude and the occasion of the sending of the Comforter (John 16:7); and there are many things of which we know not the real value till they are beyond our grasp. A time to keep, and a time to cast away. Prudence will make fast what it has won, and will endeavor to preserve it unimpaired. But there are occasions when it is wiser to deprive one's self of some things in order to secure more important ends, as when sailors throw a cargo, etc., overboard in order to save their ship (comp. Jonah 1:5; Acts 27:18, 19, 38). And in higher matters, such as almsgiving, this maxim holds good: "There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth.... The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth shall be watered also himself" (Proverbs 11:24, 25). Plumptre refers to Christ's so-called paradox," Whosoever would (ο{ς α}ν θέλῃ) save his life shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it" (Matthew 16:25).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A time to get, and a time to lose,.... To get substance, as the Targum, and to lose it; wealth and riches, honour and glory, wisdom and knowledge: or, "to seek, and to lose" (i); a time when the sheep of the house of Israel, or God's elect, were lost, and a time to seek them again; which was, lone by Christ in redemption, and by the Spirit of God, in effectual calling;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away; to keep a thing, and to cast it away, into the sea, in the time of a great tempest, as the Targum; as did the mariners in the ship in which Jonah was, and those in which the Apostle Paul was, Jonah 1:5; It may be interpreted of keeping riches, and which are sometimes kept too close, and to the harm of the owners of them; and of scattering them among the poor, or casting them upon the waters; see Ecclesiastes 5:13.

(i) "tempus quaerendi", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Piscator, Mercerus, Gejerus, Rambachius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. time to get—for example, to gain honestly a livelihood (Eph 4:23).

lose—When God wills losses to us, then is our time to be content.

keep—not to give to the idle beggar (2Th 3:10).

cast away—in charity (Pr 11:24); or to part with the dearest object, rather than the soul (Mr 9:43). To be careful is right in its place, but not when it comes between us and Jesus Christ (Lu 10:40-42).

Ecclesiastes 3:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
To Everything There is a Season
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. 7A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak.…
Cross References
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,

Ecclesiastes 3:7
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
Treasury of Scripture

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

time to get

Genesis 30:30 For it was little which you had before I came, and it is now increased …

Genesis 31:18 And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had …

Exodus 12:35,36 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and …

Deuteronomy 8:17,18 And you say in your heart, My power and the might of my hand has …

2 Kings 5:26 And he said to him, Went not my heart with you, when the man turned …

2 Kings 8:9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of …

an a time to lose

Matthew 16:25,26 For whoever will save his life shall lose it: and whoever will lose …

Matthew 19:29 And every one that has forsaken houses, or brothers, or sisters, …

Mark 8:35-37 For whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whoever shall lose …

Mark 10:28-30 Then Peter began to say to him, See, we have left all, and have followed you…

Luke 9:24,25 For whoever will save his life shall lose it: but whoever will lose …

and a time to cast

Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast your bread on the waters: for you shall find it after many days.

2 Kings 7:15 And they went after them to Jordan: and, see, all the way was full …

Psalm 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures …

Isaiah 2:20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of …

Jonah 1:5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man to his god, and …

Acts 27:19,38 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship…

Philippians 3:7,8 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ…

Hebrews 10:34,35 For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling …

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