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

 
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1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt 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, 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 of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth , there it shall 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 regardeth the clouds shall not 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 do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh 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 withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper , either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike 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.