King James Version
Bread Upon the Waters
1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it
after many days.
2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou
knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon
the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward
the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it
4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that
regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how
the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child:
even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold
not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper,
either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike
Remember Your Creator While Young
7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for
the eyes to behold the sun:
8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet
let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be
many. All that cometh is vanity.
9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart
cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of
thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou,
that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil
from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.1
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
2. Clarke's Commentary - Ecclesiastes 11 - http://www.godrules.net/library/clarke/clarkeecc11.htm
3. John Gill's Exposition of the Bible - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/ecclesiastes/gill/ecclesiastes11.htm