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I need an explanation of the poem "Times" extracted from Ecclesiastes.To every thing...

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laibagrewal | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 21, 2012 at 7:16 AM via web

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I need an explanation of the poem "Times" extracted from Ecclesiastes.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 22, 2012 at 1:40 AM (Answer #1)

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Ecclesiastes was written by an unknown author, although some traditions suggest King Solomon as the writer. The author refers to himself as "the Teacher." His purpose in writing the book as a whole was to consider the purpose of life and the human existence.

The poetry describes the way in which God has created order and organization for all things. "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:" - and then the Teacher gives examples of the opposites that have been arranged by God. The point is to prove how little influence humanity has in the events of life. God has ordered the passage of time and the activities that are to take place with the different stages of a person's life, the different seasons of weather, the different types of relationships between nations. "a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,...a time for war and a time for peace."

The unstated good news or reassurance that comes out of the poem is that God is in control. Life is not chaos - there is order and reason. Humans have little control over the changes of time, but they can strive to accept them as part of God's plan.

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