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a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted; Bible

“a time.” This is repeated at the beginning of each phrase, which is the figure of speech anaphora, (“Like sentence beginnings”). Anaphora brings emphasis to the section by catching our attention, and also by emphasizing each individual piece in the very long sentence. No one point is more or less important than any other. The whole of life and its parts are important.


Commentary for: Ecclesiastes 3:2