Amplified Bible

Ecclesiastes 11

Cast Your Bread on the Waters

1Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, [be diligently active, make thoughtful decisions], for you will [a]find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, or even [divide it] to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. If the clouds are full [of rain], they empty themselves on the earth; and if a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it lies. He who watches the wind [waiting for all conditions to be perfect] will not sow [seed], and he who looks at the clouds will not reap [a harvest]. Just as you do not know the way and path of the wind or how the bones are formed in the womb of a pregnant woman, even so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.

Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle with your hands in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening planting will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good.

The light is sweet and pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun. Yes, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. All that is to come will be futility.

Rejoice, young man, in your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant in the days of your young manhood. And walk in the ways of your heart and in the desires of your eyes, but know that God will bring you into judgment for all these things. 10 Therefore, remove sorrow and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, for childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.

Notas al pie

  1. Ecclesiastes 11:1 I.e. be richly rewarded.

New International Reader's Version

Ecclesiastes 11

Do Many Things to Succeed

1Sell your grain in the market overseas.
    After a while you might earn something from it.
Try to succeed by doing many things.
    After all, you don’t know what great trouble might come on the land.

Clouds that are full of water
    pour rain down on the earth.
A tree might fall to the south or the north.
    It will stay in the place where it falls.
Anyone who keeps on watching the wind won’t plant seeds.
    Anyone who keeps looking at the clouds won’t gather crops.

You don’t know the path the wind takes.
    You don’t know how a baby is made inside its mother.
So you can’t understand how God works either.
    He made everything.

In the morning plant your seeds.
    In the evening keep your hands busy.
You don’t know what will succeed.
    It may be one or the other.
    Or both might do equally well.

Remember Your Creator While You Are Young

Light is sweet.
    People enjoy being out in the sun.
No matter how many years anyone might live,
    let them enjoy all of them.
But let them remember the dark days.
    There will be many of those.
    Nothing that’s going to happen will have any meaning.

You young people, be happy while you are still young.
    Let your heart be joyful while you are still strong.
Do what your heart tells you to do.
    Go after what your eyes look at.
But I want you to know
    that God will judge you for everything you do.
10 So drive worry out of your heart.
    Get rid of all your troubles.
    Being young and strong doesn’t have any meaning.