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Ecclesiastes 11 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Invest your money in foreign trade, and one of these days you will make a profit. 1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.
2 Put your investments in several places - many places even - because you never know what kind of bad luck you are going to have in this world. 2 Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.
3 No matter which direction a tree falls, it will lie where it fell. When the clouds are full, it rains. 3 If clouds are full of water, they pour rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there will it lie.
4 If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything. 4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.
5 God made everything, and you can no more understand what he does than you understand how new life begins in the womb of a pregnant woman. 5 As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.
6 Do your planting in the morning and in the evening, too. You never know whether it will all grow well or whether one planting will do better than the other. 6 Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.
7 It is good to be able to enjoy the pleasant light of day. 7 Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 Be grateful for every year you live. No matter how long you live, remember that you will be dead much longer. There is nothing at all to look forward to. 8 However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.
9 Young people, enjoy your youth. Be happy while you are still young. Do what you want to do, and follow your heart's desire. But remember that God is going to judge you for whatever you do. 9 Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment.
10 Don't let anything worry you or cause you pain. You aren't going to be young very long. 10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.