NASB — Ecclesiastes 11 — KJV

Cast Your Bread on the Waters

1 aCast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you awill find it Iafter many days. 2 aDivide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what bmisfortune may occur on the earth. 3 If the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth; and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it Ilies. 4 He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. 5 Just as you do not aknow Ithe path of the wind and bhow bones [are formed] in the womb of the IIpregnant woman, so you do not cknow the activity of God who makes all things.

[1] ILit in, within aDt 15:10; Pv 19:17; Mt 10:42; Ga 6:9; He 6:10
[2] aPs 112:9; Mt 5:42; Lk 6:30; 1Ti 6:18, 19 bEc 11:8; 12:1
[3] ILit is
[5] IOr with many mss how the spirit enters the bones in the womb IILit full aJn 3:8 bPs 139:13-16 cEc 1:13; 3:10, 11; 8:17

6 ¶ Sow your seed ain the morning and do not Ibe idle in the evening, for you do not know whether IImorning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.

[6] ILit let down your hand IILit this or that aEc 9:10

7 ¶ The light is pleasant, and [it is] good for the eyes to asee the sun. 8 Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him arejoice in them all, and let him remember the bdays of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come [will be] futility.

[7] aEc 6:5; 7:11
[8] aEc 9:7 bEc 12:1

9 ¶ Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the Iimpulses of your heart and the IIadesires of your eyes. Yet know that bGod will bring you to judgment for all these things. 10 So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away Iapain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.

[9] ILit ways IILit sights aNu 15:39; Jb 31:7; Ec 2:10 bEc 3:17; 12:14; Ro 14:10
[10] ILit evil a2Co 7:1; 2Ti 2:22


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Directions for charity.

1 ¶ Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. 2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. 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. 4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall 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. 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.

[1] Dt 15:7, 10; Ps 41:1; 126:5; Pv 11:18, 24; 19:17; 22:9; Ec 11:6; Is 32:8, 20; Mt 10:13, 42; 25:40; Lk 14:14; 2Co 9:6; Ga 6:8; He 6:10.
[2] Ne 8:10; Es 9:19, 22; Jb 5:19; Ps 112:9; Pv 6:16; Dn 4:27; Mi 5:5; Mt 18:22; Lk 6:30; 17:4; Ac 11:28; Ga 6:1; Ep 5:16; 1Ti 6:18; He 13:3.
[3] 1K 18:45; Ps 65:9; Is 55:10; Mt 3:10; Lk 13:7; 16:22; 1Jn 3:17.
[4] Pv 3:27; 20:4; 22:13.
[5] Jb 5:9; 26:5; 36:24; 37:23; 38:4; 39:1; Ps 40:5; 92:5; 104:24; 139:14; Ec 7:24; 8:17; Is 40:28; Jn 3:8; Ro 11:33.
[6] Ec 9:1, 10; Is 55:10; Ho 10:12; Hg 1:6; 2:17; Zc 8:11; Mk 4:26; Jn 4:36; Ac 11:20; 1Co 3:5; 2Co 9:6, 10; 2Ti 4:2.

Death in life,

7 ¶ Truly the light [is] sweet, and a pleasant [thing it is] for the eyes to behold the sun: 8 But if a man live many years, [and] rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh [is] vanity.

[7] Jb 33:28, 30; Ps 56:13; 84:11; Pv 15:30; 29:13; Ec 7:11; Mt 5:45.
[8] Dt 32:29; Jb 10:22; 14:10; 15:23; 18:18; Ec 2:1, 15, 17, 19, 21, 26; 3:12; 4:8, 16; 5:15, 18; 6:6, 11; 7:14; 8:12, 15; 12:1; Jr 13:16; Jol 2:2; Mt 22:13; Jn 12:35; Jde 1:18.

and the day of judgment in the days of youth, are to be thought on.

9 ¶ Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these [things] God will bring thee into judgment. 10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth [are] vanity.

[9] Gn 3:6; 6:2; Nu 15:30; 22:32; Dt 29:19; Jsh 7:21; 2S 11:2; 1K 18:12, 27; 22:15; Jb 31:7; Ps 50:4; 81:12; Ec 2:10; 3:17; 12:1, 14; Jr 7:24; 23:17; 44:16; Lm 3:27; Mt 5:28; Lk 15:12; Ac 14:16; 17:30; 24:25; Ro 2:5; 14:10; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 5:10; Ep 2:2; He 9:27; 1P 4:3; 2P 3:7; 1Jn 2:15; Rv 20:12.
[10] Jb 13:26; 20:11; Ps 25:7; 39:5; 90:7; Pv 22:15; Ec 1:2, 14; 12:1; 2Co 7:1; 2Ti 2:22; 2P 3:11.


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