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;
Darby Bible Translation
A time to seek, 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Get ... lose - Rather, seek, and a time to give up for lost.
LibraryFor 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,"  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
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak.
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