1: Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. 2: Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. 3: If the clouds are full of rain, they empty [themselves] upon the earth: and if the tree falleth towards the south, or towards the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be. 4: He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. 5: As thou knowest not what [is] the way of the spirit, [nor] the structure of the parts of conception in her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. 6: In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thy hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both [shall be] alike good. 7: Truly the light [is] sweet, and a pleasant [thing it is] for the eyes to behold the sun: 8: But if a man shall live many years, [and] rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh [is] vanity. 9: Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thy eyes: but know thou, that for all these [things] God will bring thee into judgment. 10: Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth [are] vanity.