Ecclesiastes 11

1Do good things every place you go. After a while, the good things you do will come back to you. 2Invest what you have in several different things. You don’t know what bad things might happen on earth. 3˻There are some things you can be sure of.˼ If clouds are full of rain, then they will pour water on the earth. If a tree falls—to the south or to the north—then it will stay where it falls. 4˻But there are some things that you can’t be sure of. You must take a chance.˼ If a person waits for perfect weather, then he will never plant his seeds. And if a person is afraid that every cloud will bring rain, then he will never harvest his crops. 5You don’t know where the wind blows. And you don’t know how a baby grows in its mother’s body. In the same way, you don’t know what God will do—and he makes everything happen. 6So begin planting early in the morning, and don’t stop working until evening. Why? Because you don’t know which things will make you rich. Maybe everything you do will be successful. 7It is good to be alive! It is nice to see the light from the sun. 8You should enjoy every day of your life, no matter how long you live! But remember that you will die. And you will be dead much longer than you were alive! And after you are dead, you can’t do anything! 9So young people, enjoy yourselves while you are young. Be happy! Do whatever your heart leads you to do. Do whatever you want. But remember that God will judge you for everything you do. 10Don’t let your anger control you. And don’t let your body lead you to sin. People do foolish things in the dawn of life while they are young.

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