Ecclesiastes 3:6
New International Version
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

New Living Translation
A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away.

English Standard Version
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Berean Study Bible
a time to search and a time to count as lost, a time to keep and a time to discard,

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;

Christian Standard Bible
a time to search and a time to count as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away;

Contemporary English Version
There is a time for finding and losing, keeping and giving,

Good News Translation
He sets the time for finding and the time for losing, the time for saving and the time for throwing away,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
a time to search and a time to count as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away;

International Standard Version
a time to search, and a time to give up searching; a time to keep, and a time to discard;

NET Bible
A time to search, and a time to give something up as lost; a time to keep, and a time to throw away;

New Heart English Bible
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
a time to start looking and a time to stop looking, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

JPS Tanakh 1917
A time to seek, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to cast away;

New American Standard 1977
A time to search, and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep, and a time to throw away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

King James 2000 Bible
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

American King James Version
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

American Standard Version
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Douay-Rheims 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;

English Revised Version
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Webster's Bible Translation
A time to get, 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.
Study Bible
To Everything There is a Season
5a time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6a time to search and a time to count as lost, a time to keep and a time to discard, 7a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 3:5
a time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

Ecclesiastes 3:7
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

Treasury of Scripture

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

time to get

Genesis 30:30
For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?

Genesis 31:18
And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padanaram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.

Exodus 12:35,36
And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: …

an a time to lose

Matthew 16:25,26
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it…

Matthew 19:29
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

Mark 8:35-37
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it…

and a time to cast

Ecclesiastes 11:1
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

2 Kings 7:15
And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.

Psalm 112:9
He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.







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

to search
לְבַקֵּשׁ֙ (lə·ḇaq·qêš)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

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

to count as lost,
לְאַבֵּ֔ד (lə·’ab·bêḏ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6: To wander away, lose oneself, to perish

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

to keep
לִשְׁמ֖וֹר (liš·mō·wr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

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

to discard,
לְהַשְׁלִֽיךְ׃ (lə·haš·lîḵ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7993: To throw out, down, away
(6) To lose.--Elsewhere this word means to destroy, but in the later Hebrew it comes to mean to lose, like the Latin "perdere."

Verse 6. - A time to get (seek), and a time to lose. The verb abad, in piel, is used in the sense of "to destroy" (Ecclesiastes 7:7), and it is only in late Hebrew that it signifies, as here, "to lose." The reference is doubtless to property, and has no connection with the last clause of the preceding verse, as Delitzsch would opine. There is a proper and lawful pursuit of wealth, and there is a wise and prudent submission to its inevitable loss. The loss here is occasioned by events over which the owner has no control, differing from that in the next clause, which is voluntary. The wise man knows when to exert his energy in improving his fortune, and when to hold his hand and take failure without useless struggle. Loss, too, is sometimes gain, as when Christ's departure in the flesh was the prelude and the occasion of the sending of the Comforter (John 16:7); and there are many things of which we know not the real value till they are beyond our grasp. A time to keep, and a time to cast away. Prudence will make fast what it has won, and will endeavor to preserve it unimpaired. But there are occasions when it is wiser to deprive one's self of some things in order to secure more important ends, as when sailors throw a cargo, etc., overboard in order to save their ship (comp. Jonah 1:5; Acts 27:18, 19, 38). And in higher matters, such as almsgiving, this maxim holds good: "There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth.... The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth shall be watered also himself" (Proverbs 11:24, 25). Plumptre refers to Christ's so-called paradox," Whosoever would (ο{ς α}ν θέλῃ) save his life shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it" (Matthew 16:25). 3:1-10 To expect unchanging happiness in a changing world, must end in disappointment. To bring ourselves to our state in life, is our duty and wisdom in this world. God's whole plan for the government of the world will be found altogether wise, just, and good. Then let us seize the favourable opportunity for every good purpose and work. The time to die is fast approaching. Thus labour and sorrow fill the world. This is given us, that we may always have something to do; none were sent into the world to be idle.
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