1Put your money into trade across the ocean. After a while you will earn something from it.2Give shares of what you earn to a lot of people. After all, you don't know what great trouble might come on the land.3Clouds 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.4Anyone who keeps on watching the wind won't plant seeds. Anyone who keeps looking at the clouds won't gather crops.5You 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.6In 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 the One Who Created You
7Light is sweet. People enjoy being out in the sun.8No matter how many years a man might live, let him enjoy all of them. But let him remember the dark days. There will be many of them. Nothing that's going to happen will have any meaning.9Young man, 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.10So drive worry out of your heart. Get rid of all of your troubles. Being young and strong doesn't have any meaning.
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Cast Your Bread upon the Waters
1Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. (De 15:10; Pr 19:17; Isa 32:20; Mt 10:42; Lu 14:14; 2Co 9:8; Ga 6:9; Heb 6:10)2Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth. (Job 5:19; Ps 112:9; Pr 6:16; Mic 5:5; Mt 5:42; Lu 6:30; Lu 16:9; Eph 5:16; 1Ti 6:18)3If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.4He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.5As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. (Ps 139:13; Ec 1:6; Joh 3:8)6In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good. (Ec 7:18)7Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun. (Ec 6:5; Ec 7:11)8So if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that comes is vanity. (Ec 1:2; Ec 2:23; Ec 12:1)9Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. (Nu 15:39; Job 31:7; Ec 2:10; Ec 6:9; Ec 9:7; Ec 12:14)10Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity. (2Co 7:1; 2Ti 2:22)