Cast Your Bread on the Waters

1 1Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you 2will find it after many days.
2 3Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what 4misfortune may occur on the earth.
3 If the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth; and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it lies.

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      4 He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.
      5 Just as you do not 5know the path of the wind and 6how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not 7know the activity of God who makes all things.

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        • c 11:5 - Or with many mss "how the spirit" enters "the bones in the womb"
        • d 11:5 - Lit "full"
          6 Sow your seed 8in the morning and do not be idle * in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.

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            • e 11:6 - Lit "let down your hand"
            • f 11:6 - Lit "this or that"
              7 The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to 9see the sun.

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              8 Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him 10rejoice in them all, and let him remember the 11days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility.

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              9 Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the 12desires of your eyes. Yet know that 13God will bring you to judgment for all these things.

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              10 So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away 14pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.

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