Wisdom of the Long View
1Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it.
2Give portions to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what disaster may happen upon the earth.
3If the clouds are full, they empty out rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to south or north, the tree lies wherever it falls.
4Whoever keeps watching the wind will not sow and whoever gazes at the clouds will not reap.
5Just as you do not know how the spirit passes into the bones in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you do not know the work of God who makes all things.
6In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not let your hand be idle, for you do not know if this or that will succeed, or if both will prosper together.
7Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.
8For if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all. But let him remember the days of darkness— for there will be many. Everything to come is obscure.
9Rejoice, young man, in your childhood, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. 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 to judgment.
10So banish anxiety from your heart and cast off distress from your body, for youth and prime of life are fleeting.