Ecclesiastes 3:1
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GOD'S WORD® Translation (© 1995)
Everything has its own time, and there is a specific time for every activity under heaven:

King James Bible
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Darby Bible Translation
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens:

World English Bible
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:

Young's Literal Translation
To everything -- a season, and a time to every delight under the heavens:

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For what Christian Men of Our Time Being Free from the Marriage Bond...
15. For what Christian men of our time being free from the marriage bond, having power to contain from all sexual intercourse, seeing it to be now "a time," as it is written, "not of embracing, but of abstaining from embrace," [1977] would not choose rather to keep virginal or widowed continence, than (now that there is no obligation from duty to human society) to endure tribulation of the flesh, without which marriages cannot be (to pass over in silence other things from which the Apostle spares.)
St. Augustine—On the Good of Marriage

The Conclusion of the Matter
'Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2. While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain; 3. In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4. And the doors shall be shut in
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Ecclesiastes
It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 3:17
I thought to myself, "God will judge righteous people as well as wicked people, because there is a specific time for every activity and every work that is done."

Ecclesiastes 8:6
There is a right time and a right way [to act] in every situation. Yet, a terrible human tragedy hangs over people.

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