Ecclesiastes 3:15
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English Standard Version
That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.

King James Bible
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

American Standard Version
That which is hath been long ago; and that which is to be hath long ago been: and God seeketh again that which is passed away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That which hath been made, the same continueth: the things that shall be, have already been: and God restoreth that which is past.

English Revised Version
That which is hath been already; and that which is to be hath already been: and God seeketh again that which is passed away.

Webster's Bible Translation
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Since, then, everything has its time depending not on human influence, but on the determination and providence of God, the question arises: "What gain hath he that worketh in that wherewith he wearieth himself?" It is the complaint of Ecclesiastes 1:3 which is here repeated. From all the labour there comes forth nothing which carries in it the security of its continuance; but in all he does man is conditioned by the change of times and circumstances and relations over which he has no control. And the converse of this his weakness is short-sightedness.

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Ecclesiastes 1:9,10 The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done...

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Ecclesiastes 1:9
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:12
So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly. For what can the man do who comes after the king? Only what has already been done.

Ecclesiastes 6:10
Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what man is, and that he is not able to dispute with one stronger than he.

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