11 ·Invest what you have [L Send/Cast/Throw your bread upon the waters], because after ·a while you will get a return [L many days you may find it]. 2 ·Invest what you have in several different businesses [L Give a portion to seven, even eight], because you don’t know what ·disasters [evil] might ·happen [L occur in the land].
3 If clouds are full of rain, they will shower on the earth. A tree can fall to the north or south, but it will stay where it falls. 4 Those who ·wait for perfect weather [L watch the wind] will never ·plant seeds [sow]; those who look at every cloud will never harvest crops.
5 You don’t know ·where the wind will blow [L the way of the wind], and you don’t know how ·a baby grows inside its mother [L the bones/or body are/is formed in its mother’s womb]. In the same way, you don’t know ·what God is doing [the work of God], or ·how he created everything [or who does everything]. 6 Plant early in the morning, and ·work until [L do not let your hand rest at] evening, because you don’t know if this or that will succeed. They might both do well.
Serve God While You Are Young
7 ·Sunshine [L Light] is sweet; it is good ·to see the light of day [L for the eyes to see the sun]. 8 People ought to enjoy every day of their lives, ·no matter how long they live [L if they live many years]. But they should also remember this: ·You will be dead a long time [L There will be many dark days]. Everything that happens then is useless [1:2]. 9 Young people, enjoy yourselves while you are young; ·be happy [L let your heart be merry] while you are young. ·Do whatever your heart desires [L Follow the ways of your heart], ·whatever you want to do [L follow the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes]. But ·remember [L know] that God will ·judge you for everything you do. 10 ·Don’t worry [L Put away anger from your heart], and ·forget the troubles of [L turn away evil from] your body, because youth and ·childhood [vitality] are useless [1:2].
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