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Ecclesiastes 11 (WEBP)

[1] Cast your bread on the waters; for you shall find it after many days.
[2] Give a portion to seven, yes, even to eight; for you don’t know what evil will be on the earth.
[3] 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 shall it be.
[4] He who observes the wind won’t sow; and he who regards the clouds won’t reap.
[5] As you don’t know what is the way of the wind, nor how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child; even so you don’t know the work of God who does all.
[6] In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening don’t withhold your hand; for you don’t know which will prosper, whether this or that, or whether they both will be equally good.
[7] Truly the light is sweet, and it is a pleasant thing for the eyes to see the sun.
[8] Yes, if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember the days of darkness, for they shall be many. All that comes is vanity.
[9] Rejoice, young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
[10] Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh; for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.

Scripture quotations are taken from The World English Bible™ of, 2020 stable text edition. It is in the public domain.

King James w/Strong’s #s

Ecclesiastes 11 (KJVS)

[1] Cast H7971 (8761) thy bread H3899 upon H6440 the waters H4325: for thou shalt find H4672 (8799) it after many H7230 days H3117.
[2] Give H5414 (8798) a portion H2506 to seven H7651, and also to eight H8083; for thou knowest H3045 (8799) not what evil H7451 shall be upon the earth H776.
[3] If the clouds H5645 be full H4390 (8735) of rain H1653, they empty H7324 (8686) [themselves] upon the earth H776: and if the tree H6086 fall H5307 (8799) toward the south H1864, or toward the north H6828, in the place H4725 where the tree H6086 falleth H5307 (8799), there it shall be H1933 (8799).
[4] He that observeth H8104 (8802) the wind H7307 shall not sow H2232 (8799); and he that regardeth H7200 (8802) the clouds H5645 shall not reap H7114 (8799).
[5] As thou knowest H3045 (8802) not what [is] the way H1870 of the spirit H7307, [nor] how the bones H6106 [do grow] in the womb H990 of her that is with child H4392: even so thou knowest H3045 (8799) not the works H4639 of God H430 who maketh H6213 (8799) all.
[6] In the morning H1242 sow H2232 (8798) thy seed H2233, and in the evening H6153 withhold H3240 (8686) not thine hand H3027: for thou knowest H3045 (8802) not whether H335 shall prosper H3787 (8799), either this or that, or whether they both H8147 [shall be] alike H259 good H2896.
[7] Truly the light H216 [is] sweet H4966, and a pleasant H2896 [thing it is] for the eyes H5869 to behold H7200 (8800) the sun H8121:
[8] But if a man H120 live H2421 (8799) many H7235 (8687) years H8141, [and] rejoice H8055 (8799) in them all; yet let him remember H2142 (8799) the days H3117 of darkness H2822; for they shall be many H7235 (8687). All that cometh H935 (8804) [is] vanity H1892.
[9] Rejoice H8055 (8798), O young man H970, in thy youth H3208; and let thy heart H3820 cheer H2895 (8686) thee in the days H3117 of thy youth H979, and walk H1980 (8761) in the ways H1870 of thine heart H3820, and in the sight H4758 of thine eyes H5869: but know H3045 (8798) thou, that for all these [things] God H430 will bring H935 (8686) thee into judgment H4941.
[10] Therefore remove H5493 (8685) sorrow H3708 from thy heart H3820, and put away H5674 (8685) evil H7451 from thy flesh H1320: for childhood H3208 and youth H7839 [are] vanity H1892.

Young’s Literal Translation

Ecclesiastes 11 (YLT)

[1] Send forth thy bread on the face of the waters, For in the multitude of the days thou dost find it.
[2] Give a portion to seven, and even to eight, For thou knowest not what evil is on the earth.
[3] If the thick clouds are full of rain, On the earth they empty themselves; And if a tree doth fall in the south or to the north, The place where the tree falleth, there it is.
[4] Whoso is observing the wind soweth not, And whoso is looking on the thick clouds reapeth not.
[5] As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, How-bones in the womb of the full one, So thou knowest not the work of God who maketh the whole.
[6] In the morning sow thy seed, And at even withdraw not thy hand, For thou knowest not which is right, this or that, Or whether both of them alike are good.
[7] Sweet also is the light, And good for the eyes to see the sun.
[8] But, if man liveth many years, In all of them let him rejoice, And remember the days of darkness, For they are many! all that is coming is vanity.
[9] Rejoice, O young man, in thy childhood, And let thy heart gladden thee in days of thy youth, And walk in the ways of thy heart, And in the sight of thine eyes, And know thou that for all these, Doth God bring thee into judgment.
[10] And turn aside anger from thy heart, And cause evil to pass from thy flesh, For the childhood and the age are vanity!