Ecclesiastes 11
Brenton's Septuagint Translation Par ▾ 

Cast Your Bread upon the Waters

1Send forth thy bread upon the face of the water: for thou shalt find it after many days. 2Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil there shall be upon the earth. 3If the clouds be filled with rain, they pour it out upon the earth: and if a tree fall southward, or if it fall northward, in the place where the tree shall fall, there it shall be. 4He that observes the wind sows not; and he that looks at the clouds will not reap. 5Among whom none knows what is the way of the wind: as the bones are hid in the womb of a pregnant woman, so thou shalt not know the works of God, even all things whatsoever he shall do.

6In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening let not thine hand be slack: for thou knowest not what sort shall prosper, whether this or that, or whether both shall be good alike.

Enjoy Your Years

7Moreover the light is sweet, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun. 8For even if a man should live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that comes is vanity.

9Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart blameless, but not in the sight of thine eyes: yet know that for all these things God will bring thee into judgement. 10Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for youth and folly are vanity.

The English translation of The Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee Brenton (1851)

Section Headings Courtesy Berean Bible

Ecclesiastes 10
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