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a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

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2. time to die—(Ps 31:15; Heb 9:27).

plant—A man can no more reverse the times and order of "planting," and of "digging up," and transplanting, than he can alter the times fixed for his "birth" and "death." To try to "plant" out of season is vanity, however good in season; so to make earthly things the chief end is vanity, however good they be in order and season. Gill takes it, not so well, figuratively (Jer 18:7, 9; Am 9:15; Mt 15:13).