Ecclesiastes 3:8
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New International 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.

Darby Bible Translation
A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace.

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

Young's Literal 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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A time to love, - hate, - of war, - of peace -

"Love turns to hatred; interest or caprice

Dissolves the firmest knot by friendship tied.

O'er rival nations, with revenge inflamed,

Or lust of power, fell Discord shakes awhile

Her baleful torch: now smiling Peace returns."

The above paraphrase on the verses cited contains a general view of the principal occurrences of time, in reference to the human being, from his cradle to his grave, through all the operations of life.

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...

Library
Eternity in the Heart
'He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also He hath set the world in their heart.'--ECCLES. iii. 11. There is considerable difficulty in understanding what precise meaning is to be attached to these words, and what precise bearing they have on the general course of the writer's thoughts; but one or two things are, at any rate, quite clear. The Preacher has been enumerating all the various vicissitudes of prosperity and adversity, of construction and destruction, of society and solitude,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

But Thou who Both Hast Sons, and Livest in that End of the World...
11. But thou who both hast sons, and livest in that end of the world, wherein now is the time not of casting stones, but of gathering; not of embracing, but of abstaining from embracing; [2244] when the Apostle cries out, "But this I say, brethren, the time is short; it remains, that both they who have wives be as not having;" [2245] assuredly if thou hadst sought a second marriage, it would have been no obedience of prophecy or law, no carnal desire even of family, but a mark of incontinence alone.
St. Augustine—On the Good of Widowhood.

The Holy War,
MADE BY SHADDAI UPON DIABOLUS, FOR THE REGAINING OF THE METROPOLIS OF THE WORLD; OR, THE LOSING AND TAKING AGAIN OF THE TOWN OF MANSOUL. THE AUTHOR OF 'THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.' 'I have used similitudes.'--Hosea 12:10. London: Printed for Dorman Newman, at the King's Arms in the Poultry; and Benjamin Alsop, at the Angel and Bible in the Poultry, 1682. ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR. Bunyan's account of the Holy War is indeed an extraordinary book, manifesting a degree of genius, research, and spiritual
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

A Sermon on Isaiah xxvi. By John Knox.
[In the Prospectus of our Publication it was stated, that one discourse, at least, would be given in each number. A strict adherence to this arrangement, however, it is found, would exclude from our pages some of the most talented discourses of our early Divines; and it is therefore deemed expedient to depart from it as occasion may require. The following Sermon will occupy two numbers, and we hope, that from its intrinsic value, its historical interest, and the illustrious name of its author, it
John Knox—The Pulpit Of The Reformation, Nos. 1, 2 and 3.

Cross References
Psalm 101:3
I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.

Proverbs 13:5
The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.

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