Ecclesiastes 11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Cast Your Bread on the Waters
11 Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it [a]after many days. 2 Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. 3 If the clouds are full, they pour out rain on the earth; and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it [b]lies. 4 One who watches the wind will not sow and one who looks at the clouds will not harvest. 5 Just as you do not know the path of the [c]wind, and how bones are formed in the womb of the [d]pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes everything.
7 The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun. 8 Indeed, if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility.
9 Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the [g]impulses of your heart and the [h]desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things. 10 So remove [i]sorrow from your heart and keep [j]pain away from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are [k]fleeting.
Ecclesiastes 11 New International Version (NIV)
Invest in Many Ventures
11 Ship your grain across the sea;
3 If clouds are full of water,
5 As you do not know the path of the wind,
6 Sow your seed in the morning,
Remember Your Creator While Young
7 Light is sweet,
9 You who are young, be happy while you are young,