Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 NLT

1 Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you.

References for Ecclesiastes 11:1

    • a 11:1 - Or Give generously, / for your gifts will return to you later. Hebrew reads Throw your bread on the waters, / for after many days you will find it again.
      2 But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.

      References for Ecclesiastes 11:2

        • b 11:2 - Hebrew among seven or even eight.
          3 When clouds are heavy, the rains come down. Whether a tree falls north or south, it stays where it falls.
          4 Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.
          5 Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.

          References for Ecclesiastes 11:5

            • c 11:5 - Some manuscripts read Just as you cannot understand how breath comes to a tiny baby in its mother’s womb.
              6 Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.