Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
  Search
English Standard Version (ESV) New International Version (NIV)
1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. 1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.
2 Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on 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 are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree 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 He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. 4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.
5 As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. 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 your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be 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 Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun. 7 Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is 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, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you 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 vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity. 10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.