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Ecclesiastes 11 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Send your bread out on the water because, in the course of time, you may 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 people, even to eight: you don't know what disaster may come upon the land. 2 Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.
3 If clouds fill up, they will empty out rain on the earth. If a tree falls, whether to the south or to the north, wherever it falls, there it will lie. 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 Those who watch the wind blow will never sow, and those who observe the clouds will never reap. 4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.
5 Just as you don't understand what the life-breath does in the fetus inside a pregnant woman's womb, so you can't understand the work of God, who makes everything happen. 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 Scatter your seed in the morning, and in the evening don't be idle because you don't know which will succeed, this one or that, or whether both will be equally good. 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 Sweet is the light, and it's pleasant for the eyes to see the sun. 7 Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 Even those who live many years should take pleasure in them all. But they should be mindful that there will also be many dark days. Everything that happens is pointless. 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, young person, while you are young! Your heart should make you happy in your prime. Follow your heart's inclinations and whatever your eyes see, but know this: God will call you to account for all of these things. 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 anxiety from your heart, banish pain from your body, because youth and the dawn of life are pointless too. 10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.