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Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.