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

 
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1 e generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. 1 Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.
2 Don't hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night. 2 Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.
3 When the clouds are full of water, it rains. When the wind blows down a tree, it lies where it falls. 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 Don't sit there watching the wind. Do your own work. Don't stare at the clouds. Get on with your life. 4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.
5 Just as you'll never understand the mystery of life forming in a pregnant woman, So you'll never understand the mystery at work in all that God does. 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 Go to work in the morning and stick to it until evening without watching the clock. You never know from moment to moment how your work will turn out in the end. Before the Years Take Their Toll 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.