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Ecclesiastes 11 RHE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Cast thy bread upon the running waters: for after a long time thou shalt find it again. 1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.
2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight: for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. 2 Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.
3 If the clouds be full, they will pour out rain upon the earth. If the tree fall to the south, or to the north, in what place soever it shall fall, there shall it be. 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 He that observeth the wind, shall not sow: and he that considereth the clouds, shall never reap. 4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.
5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones are joined together in the womb of her that is with child: so thou knowest not the works of God, who is the maker of all. 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 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening let not thy hand cease: for thou knowest not which may rather spring up, this or that: and if both together, it shall be the better. 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 The light is sweet, and it is delightful for the eyes to see the sun. 7 Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 If a man live many years, and have rejoiced in them all, he must remember the darksome time, and the many days: which when they shall come, the things past shall be accused of vanity. 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 Rejoice therefore, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart be in that which is good in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thy eyes: and know that for all these God will bring thee into judgment. 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 Remove anger from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh. For youth and pleasure are vain. 10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.