The phrase "Time to scatter stones and time to collect stones" can be heard quite often, but that's what people mean when they say these words, it's not always clear.
To learn the true meaning of the phrase, you can often turn to the original source.
Like many other winged expressions, the phrase about stones came in modern usage from the Book of Books - the Bible. In Chapter 3 of the Book of Ecclesiastes, we read:
"To all things is the time, and the time of every thing under heaven: Time to be born, and time to die, time to plant, and time to pluck out planted-time to kill, and time to heal-time to destroy, and time to build-time to cry, and time to laugh-time to mourn, and time to dance-time to scatter stones, and time to collect It's time to hug, time to avoid embraces, time to seek, and time to lose, time to save, and time to throw-time to rend, and time to sew-time to be silent, and time to talk- time to love, and time to hate is the time of war, and Time to the world. "
From the quote it becomes clear that we are talking about the fact that for everything comes its own time and everything comes its own time. The meaning is really deep and, like a lot of biblical quotes, philosophical.
But still it is not entirely clear why to throwStones, then to collect them. In fact, this speech in this phrase is only one of the types of peasant labor. The lands on which the people of Israel lived did not differ in fertility, were stony, and in order to cultivate the field, it was first necessary to clean it from stones. This was done by the peasants, i.e. Collected stones. But they did not scatter them, but they put up fences for land allotments.
As is often the case with quotations from the Bible, the translator was summed up by ignorance of the realities of the peasant life of the Israelites, more accurately the quote could be translated as "time to collect and time to add stones".
And this is not surprising: the books were translated by clergymen - people far from peasant realities.
But who knows, would become in this form the phrase is so popular. Most likely, no, because the mysterious meaning is lost.
The modern meaning of the phrase
It turns out that it is interpreted ambiguously. There are at least three explanations for this expression, although close to each other, but still having a number of distinctive nuances.
The most common interpretation is the idea ofCyclicity of being. Events in the world and in the life of each person consistently replace each other: after the morning comes the morning, after the birth follows development, and then the decrepitude and death, the seasons change, the stars are born and go out ... Everything happens in its time and everything is transitory.
The second interpretation seems to follow from the first: Everything comes its own time, and it is important that any business is done on time - only then the act will bring the desired fruits. Any act must have its own reasons and conditions for its implementation. Unthinking acts that are not done on time can only do much harm.
And, finally, the third interpretation is the most profound, but still it does not contradict the first two: everything in a person's life has its own cause and effect, every act entails "retribution".
This interpretation is close to the principles of karmic law.
If a person does good deeds, he will receive a well-deserved reward, and if his deeds carry evil, evil will come to him and return.