Ecclesiastes 8:6
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New International Version
For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery.

New Living Translation
for there is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble.

English Standard Version
For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him.

New American Standard Bible
For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight, though a man's trouble is heavy upon him.

King James Bible
Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For every activity there is a right time and procedure, even though man's troubles are heavy on him.

International Standard Version
Indeed, there is an appropriate time and a response for every circumstance, since human misery weighs heavily upon him.

NET Bible
For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, for the oppression of the king is severe upon his victim.

New Heart English Bible
For there is a time and procedure for every purpose, although the misery of man is heavy on him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There is a right time and a right way [to act] in every situation. Yet, a terrible human tragedy hangs over people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For to every matter there is a time and judgment; for the evil of man is great upon him.

New American Standard 1977
For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight, when a man’s trouble is heavy upon him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because for every will there is time and judgment, because the evil of man is great upon him,

King James 2000 Bible
Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is heavy upon him.

American King James Version
Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great on him.

American Standard Version
for to every purpose there is a time and judgment; because the misery of man is great upon him:

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is a time and opportunity for every business, and great affliction for man:

Darby Bible Translation
For to every purpose there is time and manner. For the misery of man is great upon him;

English Revised Version
for to every purpose there is a time and judgment; because the misery of man is great upon him:

Webster's Bible Translation
Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.

World English Bible
For there is a time and procedure for every purpose, although the misery of man is heavy on him.

Young's Literal Translation
For to every delight there is a time and a judgment, for the misfortune of man is great upon him.
Study Bible
Obey the King
5He who keeps a royal command experiences no trouble, for a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure. 6For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight, though a man's trouble is heavy upon him. 7If no one knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen?…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 3:1
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven--

Ecclesiastes 3:17
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.
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(6) The connecting particles here present difficulties which have not been satisfactorily solved; and it has even been conjectured that some words may have dropped out of the text. The first half of the verse repeats Ecclesiastes 3:1; the second almost verbally Ecclesiastes 6:1; on this account our translation "misery" is to be preferred to "wickedness" as some render it.

Verse 6. - Because. This and the three following clauses all begin with ki, "since," "for," and the conjunction ought to have been similarly rendered in all the places. Thus here, for to every purpose there is time and judgment. Here commences a chain of argument to prove the wisdom of keeping quiet under oppression or evil rulers. Everything has its appointed time of duration, and in due course will be brought to judgment (see Ecclesiastes 3:1, 17; 41:14). Therefore (for) the misery of man is great upon him. This is a further reason, but its exact signification is disputed. Literally, the evil of the man is heavy upon him (comp. Ecclesiastes 6:1). This may mean, as in the Authorized Version, that the affliction which subjects suffer at the hand of a tyrant becomes insupportable, and calls for and receives God's interposition. Or "the evil" may be the wickedness of the despot, which presses heavily upon him, and under retributive justice will ere long bring him to the ground, and so the oppression will come to an end. This seems to be the most natural interpretation of the passage. The Septuagint, reading differently, has, "For the knowledge of a man is great upon him." Though what tiffs means it is difficult to say. Because to every purpose there is time and judgment,.... There is a fit season, and a right and proper manner of doing everything that is to be done; see Ecclesiastes 3:1; which a wise man discerns; and which when a man hits upon, it prevents a great deal of mischief, which for want of it comes upon men, as the following clause shows; some refer this to the punishment of the wicked, and to a future judgment. So the Targum,

"to every business there is a time good and evil, and according to the judgment of truth the whole world is judged;''

and to the same purpose Jarchi,

"there is a time fixed for the visitation of the wicked, and there is judgment before the Lord; this is vengeance or punishment;''

therefore the misery of man is great upon him; he not observing the right time and manner of doing what he ought, brings much trouble upon himself; his days are few and full trouble, and every day has a sufficiency of evil in because of the evil of sin, the evil of misery presses upon him, and is a heavy burden on him Jarchi's note is,

"when the wickedness of a man is great, then cometh his visitation.'' 6. therefore the misery, etc.—because the foolish sinner does not think of the right "times" and the "judgment."8:6-8 God has, in wisdom, kept away from us the knowledge of future events, that we may be always ready for changes. We must all die, no flight or hiding-place can save us, nor are there any weapons of effectual resistance. Ninety thousand die every day, upwards of sixty every minute, and one every moment. How solemn the thought! Oh that men were wise, that they understood these things, that they would consider their latter end! The believer alone is prepared to meet the solemn summons. Wickedness, by which men often escape human justice, cannot secure from death.
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