Ecclesiastes 3:8
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English Standard Version
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

King James Bible
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

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a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

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A time of love, and a time of hatred. A time of war, and a time of peace.

English Revised Version
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Webster's Bible Translation
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:8 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Note: These seven verses, 2-8, are in Codd and Edd., like Joshua 12:9., and Esther 9:7., arranged in the form of a song, so that one עת (time) always stands under another, after the scheme described in Megilla 16b, Massecheth Sofrim xiii. 3, but without any express reference to this passage in Koheleth. J has a different manner of arranging the words, the first four lines of which we here adduce: -

'ēth lāmoth veeth lalěděth 'ēth 'ēth nathu'ǎ lǎ'ǎqor veeth lathǎ'ǎth 'ēth lirpō veeth lǎhǎrog 'ēth livnoth veeth liphrots)

"To be born has its time, and to die has its time; to plant has its time, and to root up that which is planted has its time." The inf. ללדת signifies nothing else than to bring forth; but when that which is brought forth comes more into view than she who brings forth, it is used in the sense of being born (cf. Jeremiah 25:34, לט equals להטּבח); ledah, Hosea 9:11, is the birth; and in the Assyr., li-id-tu, li-i-tu, li-da-a-tu, designates posterity, progenies. Since now lālǎděth has here lāmuth as contrast, and thus does not denote the birth-throes of the mother, but the child's beginning of life, the translation, "to be born has its time," is more appropriate to what is designed than "to bring forth has its time." What Zckler, after Hitzig, objects that by lěděth a הפץ an undertaking, and thus a conscious, intended act must be named, is not applicable; for לכּל standing at the beginning comprehends doing and suffering, and death also (apart from suicide) is certainly not an intended act, frequently even an unconscious suffering. Instead of לטעת (for which the form לטּעת

(Note: This Abulwalid found in a correct Damascus ms., Michlol 81b.)

is found, cf. למּוט, Psalm 66:9), the older language uses לנטע, Jeremiah 1:10. In still more modern Heb. the expression used would be ליטע, i.e., לטּע (Shebith ii. 1). עקד has here its nearest signification: to root up (denom. of עקּד, root), like עקר, 2 Kings 3:25, where it is the Targ. word for הפּיל (to fell trees).

From out-rooting, which puts an end to the life of plants, the transition is now made to putting to death.

Ecclesiastes 3:8 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

time to love

Ezekiel 16:8 Now when I passed by you, and looked on you, behold, your time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over you...

Psalm 139:21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate you? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against you?

Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 5:25,28,29 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it...

Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

a time to hate

2 Chronicles 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Should you help the ungodly...

Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters...

Revelation 2:2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you can not bear them which are evil...

a time of war

Genesis 14:14-17 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house...

Joshua 8:1 And the LORD said to Joshua, Fear not, neither be you dismayed: take all the people of war with you, and arise, go up to Ai: see...

Joshua 11:23 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said to Moses...

2 Samuel 10:6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before David...

1 Kings 5:4 But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil result.

2 Chronicles 20:1,30 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites...

Cross References
Psalm 101:3
I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.

Proverbs 13:5
The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.

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