Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
Time to rend
Time to keep
Time to rend
And Reuben returned unto the cistern; and, behold, Joseph was not inside, and he rent his clothes.
2 Samuel 1:11
Then David took hold on his clothes and rent them and likewise all the men that were with him.
2 Samuel 3:31
Then David said to Joab and to all the people that were with him, Rend your clothes and gird yourselves with sackcloth and mourn before Abner. And King David himself followed the bier.
1 Kings 21:27
And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh and fasted and slept in sackcloth and went softly.
2 Kings 5:7
And when the king of Israel read the letter, he rent his clothes and said, Am I God, to kill and to give life, that this man sends unto me to remove the leprosy of this man? Therefore now consider and see how he seeks a quarrel against me.
2 Kings 6:30
And when the king heard the words of the woman, he rent his clothes; and he passed by like this upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh.
Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his slaves that heard all these words.
and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and great in mercy, and he does repent of chastisement.
Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas had made them while she was with them.
Time to keep
So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word unto him; for they saw that his grief was very great.
I was dumb with silence; I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
But they held their peace and did not answer him a word, for the king had commanded thus, saying, Answer him not.
Upon what shall we secure ourselves? Assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the LORD our God has put us to silence and given us water of gall to drink because we have sinned against the LORD.
Jod He shall sit alone and keep silence because he has borne it upon him.
Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time, for it is an evil time.
And the cantors of the temple shall howl in that day, said the Lord GOD; there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.
Do not believe in a friend, do not trust in a prince; from her that lies at thy side, take care, open not thy mouth.
And a time to speak
Then Judah came near unto him and said, Oh my lord, let thy slave, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy slave; for thou art even as Pharaoh.
1 Samuel 19:4
And Jonathan spoke good of David unto Saul, his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his slave David, for he has not sinned against thee; on the other hand his works have been very good for thee,
1 Samuel 25:24
and fell at his feet and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be, and let thy handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thy audience; and hear the words of thy handmaid.
Then Mordecai told them to answer Esther, Do not think in thy soul that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews.
For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. If we had been sold for menslaves and womenslaves, I would remain silent, even though the enemy could not recompense the damage to the king.
Now Elihu had waited until Job had spoken because they were all elder than he.
If thou forbear to deliver those that are drawn unto death and those that are ready to be slain,
Open thy mouth for those who cannot speak in the judgment of all the sons of death.
And when he was come near, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen,
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.