New Living Translation
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.
King James Bible
He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
Darby Bible Translation
He that observeth the wind will not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds will not reap.
World English Bible
He who observes the wind won't sow; and he who regards the clouds won't reap.
Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is observing the wind soweth not, And whoso is looking on the thick clouds reapeth not.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
11:4 He - He who neglects the necessary works of sowing and reaping, because the weather is not exactly suitable to his desires will lose his harvest. Whereby he intimates, that men will never do good here, which is expressed by sowing, and consequently not receive good hereafter, which is called reaping, if they be discouraged from it by every doubt and difficulty.
Twice during Solomon's reign the Lord had appeared to him with words of approval and counsel--in the night vision at Gibeon, when the promise of wisdom, riches, and honor was accompanied by an admonition to remain humble and obedient; and after the dedication of the temple, when once more the Lord exhorted him to faithfulness. Plain were the admonitions, wonderful the promises, given to Solomon; yet of him who in circumstances, in character, and in life seemed abundantly fitted to heed the charge …
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings
Jesus Attends the First Passover of his Ministry.
How those are to be Admonished who Decline the Office of Preaching Out of Too Great Humility, and those who Seize on it with Precipitate Haste.
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When clouds are heavy, the rains come down. Whether a tree falls north or south, it stays where it falls.
Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother's womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.
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