The phrase "Time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones" can be heard often, but what do people mean by saying these words is not always clear.
Learn the true meaning of the phrase is often possible, referring to the source.
Like many sayings, phrase stones in modern usage it has come from the Book of books - the Bible. Chapter 3 of the Book of Ecclesiastes we read:
"Everything has its time, and under the sky while all things: time to be born, and a time umirat- time to plant, and a time to pluck posazhennoe- time to kill, and a time vrachevat- time to break down, and a time stroit- time to weep, and a time smeyatsya- time to mourn, and a time plyasat- time to scatter stones and a time to gather kamni- a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from obyatiy- time to seek, and a time teryat- time to keep, and a time brosat- time to rend, and a time sshivat- time to keep silence, and a time govorit- time to love and a time nenavidet- war time, and a time for peace. "
From the quotation it is clear that it is a question that often comes to my time comes around and your time. Meaning, really deep and, like many biblical quotations, philosophical.
Yet it is not clear why throwstones, then to collect them. In fact, we are in this sentence it is only one of the types of peasant labor. The land on which the people of Israel lived no different fertility were rocky, and to cultivate the field, it was first necessary to clean the stones. That is what the peasants, ie, collected stones. But scattered them and piled them from the fence for allotments.
As often happens with quotations from the Bible, the translator summed ignorance of the realities of peasant life of Israelis is more accurate quote can be translated as "a time to gather stones and a time to fold."
This is not surprising: the book translated by priests - people far removed from the realities of peasant.
But who knows, it would become so popular phrase in this form. Probably not, because the meaning of the mysterious lost.
The modern meaning of the phrase
It turns out, treat it ambiguous. There are at least three explanations for this expression, although close to each other, but still have a number of distinctive nuances.
The most common treatment - ideacyclic existence. Events in the world and in the life of each person successively replace each other: after night comes the morning after birth should be the development, and then enfeeblement and death, changing seasons, are born and stars go out ... Everything happens in its time and everything is transient.
The second interpretation seemed to be from the first: everything has its time, and it is important that any work was done on time - only then act to bring the desired results. Any action must have their reasons and conditions for its implementation. Unthinking deeds done at the wrong time, can only do harm.
And finally, the third interpretation of the most profound, but still not contrary to the first two: everything in life has a cause and its effect, every action entails a "reward."
This interpretation is close to the principles of karmic law.
If a person does good deeds - will receive a well-deserved reward, and if his actions are evil - evil to him and come back.