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Ecclesiastes 11:5-7 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Just as you do not know how the life breath
    enters the human frame in the mother’s womb,
So you do not know the work of God,
    who is working in everything.
In the morning sow your seed,
    and at evening do not let your hand be idle:
For you do not know which of the two will be successful,
    or whether both alike will turn out well.

Poem on Youth and Old Age. [a]Light is sweet! and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.


  1. 11:7–10 The concluding part of the book opens with a final bittersweet homage to life and an enthusiastic encouragement to rejoice in its gifts while they are within grasp.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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