1Cast your bread upon the waters, 2for you will find it after many days.
3Give a portion to 4seven, or even to eight, 5for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.
If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.
He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
As you do not know the way 6the spirit comes to 7the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
In the morning sow your seed, and at evening 8withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.