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Ecclesiastes 11 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The Uncertainties of Life
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:1 - Send your grain across the seas,
and in time, profits will flow back to you.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:2 - But divide your investments among many places,[fn]
for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:3 - When clouds are heavy, the rains come down.
Whether a tree falls north or south, it stays where it falls.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:4 - Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.
If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:5 - Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb,[fn] so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:6 - Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.
Advice for Young and Old
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:7 - Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:8 - When people live to be very old, let them rejoice in every day of life. But let them also remember there will be many dark days. Everything still to come is meaningless.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:9 - Young people,[fn] it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 11:10 - So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. But remember that youth, with a whole life before you, is meaningless.
NLT Footnotes
Or Give generously, / for your gifts will return to you later. Hebrew reads Throw your bread on the waters, / for after many days you will find it again.
Hebrew among seven or even eight.
Some manuscripts read Just as you cannot understand how breath comes to a tiny baby in its mother’s womb.
Hebrew Young man.

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