a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; Bible see other translations

“cast away stones.” The farmer would want to get the stones out of his field, so he would cast them away to an area where he could not otherwise plow.

“gather stones together.” Stones would be gathered together and then used for the construction of houses, walls, boundary markers, such things as that.

Commentary for: Ecclesiastes 3:5