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Ecclesiastes 3:6

Context

3:6 A time to search, and a time to give something up as lost; 1 

a time to keep, and a time to throw away;

Ecclesiastes 9:18

Context

9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war,

but one sinner can destroy much that is good.

1 tn The term לְאַבֵּד (lÿabbed, Piel infinitive construct from אָבַד, ’avad, “to destroy”) means “to lose” (e.g., Jer 23:1) as the contrast with בָּקַשׁ (baqash, “to seek to find”) indicates (HALOT 3 s.v. I אבד; BDB 2 s.v. אבד 3). This is the declarative or delocutive-estimative sense of the Piel: “to view something as lost” (R. J. Williams, Hebrew Syntax, 28, §145; IBHS 403 §24.2g).



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