1Cast thy breadupona the waters: for thou shalt find it after manydays.2Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.3
If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the treefall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the treefalleth , there it shall be .
He that observeth the wind shall not sow ; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap .
As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
In the morningsow thy seed, and in the eveningwithhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper ,b either this or that, or whether they both shall be alikegood.7
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:8
But if a manlivemanyyears, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many . All that cometh is vanity.9Rejoice , O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heartcheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.10
Therefore removesorrowc from thy heart, and put awayevil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.