1 Ship your grain across the sea; ¶ after many days you may receive a return.
2 Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.
3 If clouds are full of water, ¶ they pour rain on the earth. ¶ Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, ¶ in the place where it falls, there it will lie.
4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.
5 As you do not know the path of the wind, ¶ or how the body is formed [^1] in a mother's womb, ¶ so you cannot understand the work of God, ¶ the Maker of all things.
6 Sow your seed in the morning, ¶ and at evening let your hands not be idle, ¶ for you do not know which will succeed, ¶ whether this or that, ¶ or whether both will do equally well.
7 Light is sweet, ¶ and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. ¶ But let them remember the days of darkness, ¶ for there will be many. ¶ Everything to come is meaningless.
9 You who are young, be happy while you are young, ¶ and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. ¶ Follow the ways of your heart ¶ and whatever your eyes see, ¶ but know that for all these things ¶ God will bring you into judgment.
10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, ¶ for youth and vigor are meaningless.