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Ecclesiastes 11 Expanded Bible (EXB)

Boldly Face the Future

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].
·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].

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.
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.

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].
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

·Sunshine [L Light] is sweet;
    it is good ·to see the light of day [L for the eyes to see the sun].
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].
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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