What Does the Bible Say About Time? (21 Verses)

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Table of Contents

  1. 2 Corinthians 6:2 - "For he says, "In a favorable..."
  2. 1 John 2:17 - "And the world is passing away..."
  3. Ecclesiastes 3:11 - "He has made everything beautiful in..."
  4. John 9:4 - "We must work the works of..."
  5. Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I..."
  6. John 3:16 - ""For God so loved the world,..."
  7. Proverbs 16:9 - "The heart of man plans his..."
  8. Proverbs 27:1 - "Do not boast about tomorrow, for..."
  9. Psalm 31:15 - "My times are in your hand;..."
  10. Proverbs 21:5 - "The plans of the diligent lead..."
  11. Psalm 90:12 - "So teach us to number our..."
  12. Romans 13:11 - "Besides this you know the time,..."
  13. Mark 13:32-33 - ""But concerning that day or that..."
  14. Colossians 4:5-6 - "Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making..."
  15. Esther 4:14 - "For if you keep silent at..."
  16. Ephesians 5:15-17 - "Look carefully then how you walk,..."
  17. 2 Peter 3:8-9 - "But do not overlook this one..."
  18. Proverbs 6:6-8 - "Go to the ant, O sluggard;..."
  19. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 - "Now concerning the times and the..."
  20. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 - "For everything there is a season,..."
  21. James 4:13-17 - "Come now, you who say, "Today..."

1. 2 Corinthians 6:2

2 For he says, "In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you."Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

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2. 1 John 2:17

17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

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3. Ecclesiastes 3:11

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

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4. John 9:4

4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

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5. Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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6. John 3:16

16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

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7. Proverbs 16:9

9 The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.

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8. Proverbs 27:1

1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

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9. Psalm 31:15

15 My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!

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10. Proverbs 21:5

5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

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11. Psalm 90:12

12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

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12. Romans 13:11

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

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13. Mark 13:32-33

32 "But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.

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14. Colossians 4:5-6

5 Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

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15. Esther 4:14

14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

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16. Ephesians 5:15-17

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

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17. 2 Peter 3:8-9

8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

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18. Proverbs 6:6-8

6 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. 7 Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, 8 she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

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19. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3

1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

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20. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

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21. James 4:13-17

13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"-- 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

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Table of Contents

  1. Psalm 31:15
  2. Psalm 90:12
  3. Esther 4:14
  4. Proverbs 6:6-8
  5. Proverbs 16:9
  6. Proverbs 21:5
  7. Proverbs 27:1
  8. Ecclesiastes 3:11
  9. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
  10. Jeremiah 29:11
  11. Mark 13:32-33
  12. 1 John 2:17
  13. John 3:16
  14. John 9:4
  15. Romans 13:11
  16. 2 Corinthians 6:2
  17. Ephesians 5:15-17
  18. Colossians 4:5-6
  19. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
  20. James 4:13-17
  21. 2 Peter 3:8-9

Psalm 31:15

15 My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!

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Psalm 90:12

12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

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Esther 4:14

14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

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Proverbs 6:6-8

6 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. 7 Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, 8 she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

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Proverbs 16:9

9 The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.

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Proverbs 21:5

5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

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Proverbs 27:1

1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

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Ecclesiastes 3:11

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

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Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

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Mark 13:32-33

32 "But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.

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1 John 2:17

17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

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John 3:16

16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

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John 9:4

4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

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Romans 13:11

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

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2 Corinthians 6:2

2 For he says, "In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you."Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

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Ephesians 5:15-17

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

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Colossians 4:5-6

5 Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

View on BibleGateway

1 Thessalonians 5:1-3

1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

View on BibleGateway

James 4:13-17

13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"-- 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

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2 Peter 3:8-9

8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

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