ECCLESIASTES 3:11

“He has made everything beautiful”

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT

This verse says that God has created the world beautifully according to its time. And while he has given us the concept of eternity (“the world”) to contemplate, we cannot possibly fathom the incredible works that have occured and will eventually happen from beginning to end.

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“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

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Ecclesiastes 3:11 Translation & Meaning

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He hath made עָשָׂ֖ה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application made
every הַכֹּ֥ל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) every
thing (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
beautiful יָפֶ֣ה Beautiful (literally or figuratively) beautiful
in his time: בְעִתּ֑וֹ Time, especially (adverb with preposition) now, when, etc time
also גַּ֤ם Properly, assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correl. both...and also
he hath set נָתַ֣ן To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) set
the world הָעֹלָם֙ Properly, concealed, i.e., the vanishing point; generally, time out of mind (past or future), i.e., (practically) eternity; frequentatively, adverbial (especially with prepositional prefix) always world
in their heart, בְּלִבָּ֔ם The heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything heart
so that מִבְּלִ֞י Properly, failure, i.e., nothing or destruction; usually (with preposition) without, not yet, because not, as long as, etc so that
no man הָאָדָ֗ם Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) no man
can find out יִמְצָ֣א Properly, to come forth to, i.e., appear or exist; transitively, to attain, i.e., find or acquire; figuratively, to occur, meet or be present can find out
the work הַֽמַּעֲשֶׂ֛ה An action (good or bad); generally, a transaction; abstractly, activity; by implication, a product (specifically, a poem) or (generally) property work
that אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that
God הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
maketh עָשָׂ֥ה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application maketh
from the beginning מֵרֹ֥אשׁ The head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many applications, of place, time, rank, itc.) beginning
to וְעַד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) to
the end. סֽוֹף׃ A termination end

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  • 9  What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

  • 10  I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

  • 11  He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

  • 12  I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

  • 13  And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.




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