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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 11

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1Cast your bread upon the waters;* after a long time you may find it again. 2Make seven or eight portions;* you know not what misfortune maycome upon the earth.

Man Does Not Know What Good Will Come

3When the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to thenorth, wherever it falls, there shall it lie. 4One who pays heed to the wind will not sow, and one who watches the clouds willnever reap. 5Just as you know not how the breath oflife fashions the human frame in themother's womb, So you know not the work of God which he is accomplishing in theuniverse. h Eccl 8, 17 . 6In the morning sow your seed, and at evening let not your hand beidle: For you know not which of the two willbe successful, or whether both alike will turn outwell.

Poem on Youth and Old Age. 7Light is sweet! and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun. 8However many years a man may live, let him, as he enjoys them all, remember that the days of darkness will be many. All that is to come is vanity.

9Rejoice, O young man, while you areyoung, and let your heart be glad in the daysof your youth. Follow the ways of your heart, the vision of your eyes; Yet understand that as regards all this God will bring you to judgment. 10Ward off grief from your heart and put away trouble from yourpresence, though the dawn of youth is fleeting.*

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h: Eccl 8, 17 .

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