New American Standard Bible
A Time for Everything
1There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven
2A time to give birth and a time to die;
3A time to kill and a time to heal;
4A time to weep and a time to laugh;
5A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
6A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
7A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
8A time to love and a time to hate;
12I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in ones lifetime; 13moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his laborit is the gift of God. 14I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. 15That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.
16Furthermore, I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is wickedness and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness. 17I 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. 18I said to myself concerning the sons of men, God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts. 19For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity. 20All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust. 21Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth? 22I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him?