Ecclesiastes 3:3
New International Version
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,

New Living Translation
A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up.

English Standard Version
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

Berean Study Bible
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build,

King James Bible
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

New King James Version
A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;

New American Standard Bible
A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up.

NASB 1995
A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up.

NASB 1977
A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to tear down, and a time to build up.

Amplified Bible
A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up.

Christian Standard Bible
a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build;

American Standard Version
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to pull down, and a time to build up;

Contemporary English Version
for killing and healing, destroying and building,

Douay-Rheims Bible
A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build.

English Revised Version
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

Good News Translation
the time for killing and the time for healing, the time for tearing down and the time for building.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build up,

International Standard Version
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build up;

JPS Tanakh 1917
A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up;

Literal Standard Version
A time to slay, "" And a time to heal, "" A time to break down, "" And a time to build up.

NET Bible
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

New Heart English Bible
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

World English Bible
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

Young's Literal Translation
A time to slay, And a time to heal, A time to break down, And a time to build up.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
To Everything There is a Season
2a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build, 4a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,…

Cross References
Genesis 9:6
Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man his blood will be shed; for in His own image God has made mankind.

1 Samuel 2:6
The LORD brings death and gives life; He brings down to Sheol and raises up.

Hosea 6:1
Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us to pieces, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bind up our wounds.

Hosea 6:2
After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His presence.


Treasury of Scripture

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

time to kill

Deuteronomy 32:39
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

1 Samuel 2:6,25
The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up…

Hosea 6:1,2
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up…

a time to heal

Numbers 26:6-9
Of Hezron, the family of the Hezronites: of Carmi, the family of the Carmites…

Isaiah 38:5
Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.

Jeremiah 33:6
Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.

a time to break

Isaiah 5:5,6
And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: …

Isaiah 44:26
That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:

Jeremiah 31:28
And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.









Verse 3. - A time to kill, and a time to heal. The time to kill might refer to war, only that occurs in ver. 8. Some endeavor to limit the notion to severe surgical operations performed with a view of saving life; but the verb harag does not admit of the meaning "rewound" or" cut." It most probably refers to the execution of criminals, or to the defense of the oppressed; such emergencies and necessities occur providentially without man's prescience. So sickness is a visitation beyond man's control, while it calls into exercise the art of healing, which is a gift of God (see Ecclus. 10:10 Ecclus. 38:1, etc.). A time to break down, and a time to build up. The removal of decaying or unsuitable buildings is meant, and the substitution of new and improved structures. A recollection of Solomon's own extensive architectural works is here introduced.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
a time
עֵ֤ת (‘êṯ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6256: Time, now, when

to kill
לַהֲרוֹג֙ (la·hă·rō·wḡ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 2026: To smite with deadly intent

and a time
וְעֵ֣ת (wə·‘êṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6256: Time, now, when

to heal,
לִרְפּ֔וֹא (lir·pō·w)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7495: To mend, to cure

a time
עֵ֥ת (‘êṯ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6256: Time, now, when

to break down
לִפְר֖וֹץ (lip̄·rō·wṣ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6555: To break through

and a time
וְעֵ֥ת (wə·‘êṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6256: Time, now, when

to build,
לִבְנֽוֹת׃ (liḇ·nō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build


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