Ecclesiastes 3:8
New International Version
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

New Living Translation
A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.

English Standard Version
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Berean Study Bible
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

New American Standard Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.

Contemporary English Version
There is also a time for love and hate, for war and peace.

Good News Translation
He sets the time for love and the time for hate, the time for war and the time for peace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.

International Standard Version
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

NET Bible
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace.

New American Standard 1977
A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace.

Jubilee Bible 2000
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

King James 2000 Bible
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

American King James Version
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

American Standard Version
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A time of love, and a time of hatred. 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.

English Revised Version
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Webster's 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.
Study Bible
To Everything There is a Season
7a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Cross References
Psalm 101:3
I will set no worthless thing before my eyes. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.

Proverbs 13:5
The righteous hate falsehood, but the wicked bring shame and disgrace.

Treasury of Scripture

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

time to love

Ezekiel 16:8
Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.

Psalm 139:21
Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

Ephesians 3:19
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

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, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.

Luke 14:26
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Revelation 2:2
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

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, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan…

Joshua 8:1
And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:

Joshua 11:23
So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.







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

to love
לֶֽאֱהֹב֙ (le·’ĕ·hōḇ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

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

to hate,
לִשְׂנֹ֔א (liś·nō)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 8130: To hate

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

for war
מִלְחָמָ֖ה (mil·ḥā·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4421: A battle, war

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

for peace.
שָׁלֽוֹם׃ (šā·lō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7965: Safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity, peace
Verse 8. - A time to love, and a time to hate. This reminds one of the gloss to which our Lord refers (Matthew 5:43), "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy," the first member being found in the old Law (Leviticus 19:18), the second being a misconception of the spirit which made Israel God's executioner upon the condemned nations. It was the maxim of Bias, quoted by Aristotle, 'Rhet.,' 2:13, that we should love as if about some day to hate, and hate as if about to love. And Philo imparts a still more selfish tone to the gnome, when he pronounces ('De Carit.,' 21, p. 401, Mang.), "It was well said by them of old, that we ought to deal out friendship without absolutely renouncing enmity, and practice enmity as possibly to turn to friendship. A time of war, and a time of peace. In the previous couplets the infinitive mood of the verb has been used; in this last hemistich substantives are introduced, as being more concise and better fitted to emphasize the close of the catalogue. The first clause referred specially to the private feelings which one is constrained to entertain towards individuals. The second clause has to do with national concerns, and touches on the statesmanship which discovers the necessity or the opportuneness of war and peace, and acts accordingly. In this and in all the other examples adduced, the lesson intended is this - that man is not independent; that under all circumstances and relations he is in the hand of a power mightier than himself, which frames time and seasons according to its own good pleasure. God holds the threads of human life; in some mysterious way directs and controls events; success and failure are dependent upon his will. There are certain laws which, regulate the issues of actions and events, and man cannot alter these; his free-will can put them in motion, but they become irresistible when in operation. This is not fatalism; it is the mere statement of a fact in experience. Koheleth never denies man's liberty, though he is very earnest in asserting God's sovereignty. The reconciliation of the two is a problem unsolved by him. 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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