objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To achieve this we have used a variety of means,
notes, headings, verse summaries.)
Ecclesiastes 11: Be at peace with the way life works
Comments: An alternative title for this chapter might
be ‘Wise Practices in the face of the Uncertainties AND Predictabilities
of Life.' We encourage the reader to identify each of these things:
the wise practices, the uncertain things of life and the predictable
things of life.]
Spread your investments wisely
Ship your grain
across the sea;
after many days you may receive a return.
in seven ventures, yes, in eight;
you do not know what disaster may come
upon the land.
The work keeps on working in the same way
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
Those who constantly worry about the weather never get round to
watches the wind will not plant;
whoever looks at the clouds will not
There are mysteries to life that only God understands
you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother's
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.
Take all opportunities to work for you don't know how things will
your seed in the morning,
and at evening let your hands not be
for you do not know which will succeed ,
whether this or that,
or whether both will do equally well.
When the sun shines it is pleasing
and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
But not every day will be bright, darkness will come
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.
Be light-hearted when you are young but learn that God holds us
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.
So don't be anxious about life, for present values may prove to
then, banish anxiety from your heart
and cast off the troubles of your body,
for youth and vigour are meaningless.
to Ecclesiastes 12