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Ecclesiastes 11 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Cast Your Bread on the Waters

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:1 - Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it [fn]after many days.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:2 - Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:3 - 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 [fn]lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:4 - He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:5 - Just as you do not know [fn]the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the [fn]pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:6 - Sow your seed in the morning and do not [fn]be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether [fn]morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:7 - The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:8 - Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:9 - Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the [fn]impulses of your heart and the [fn]desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:10 - So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away [fn]pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: in, within
Literally: is
Or, with many mss how the spirit enters the bones in the womb
Literally: full
Literally: let down your hand
Literally: this or that
Literally: ways
Literally: sights
Literally: evil

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