Ecclesiastes 11:4
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New International Version
Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.

New Living Translation
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.

English Standard Version
He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

New American Standard Bible
He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.

King James Bible
He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One who watches the wind will not sow, and the one who looks at the clouds will not reap.

International Standard Version
Whoever keeps staring at the wind won't sow; whoever daydreams won't reap.

NET Bible
He who watches the wind will not sow, and he who observes the clouds will not reap.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever watches the wind will never plant. Whoever looks at the clouds will never harvest.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that observeth the wind shall not sow; And he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

New American Standard 1977
He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that observes the wind shall not sow, and he that regards the clouds shall not reap.

King James 2000 Bible
He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap.

American King James Version
He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap.

American Standard Version
He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that observeth the wind, shall not sow: and he that considereth the clouds, shall never reap.

Darby Bible Translation
He that observeth the wind will not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds will not reap.

English Revised Version
He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

World English Bible
He who observes the wind won't sow; and he who regards the clouds won't reap.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is observing the wind soweth not, And whoso is looking on the thick clouds reapeth not.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
11:1-6 Solomon presses the rich to do good to others. Give freely, though it may seem thrown away and lost. Give to many. Excuse not thyself with the good thou hast done, from the good thou hast further to do. It is not lost, but well laid out. We have reason to expect evil, for we are born to trouble; it is wisdom to do good in the day of prosperity. Riches cannot profit us, if we do not benefit others. Every man must labour to be a blessing to that place where the providence of God casts him. Wherever we are, we may find good work to do, if we have but hearts to do it. If we magnify every little difficulty, start objections, and fancy hardships, we shall never go on, much less go through with our work. Winds and clouds of tribulation are, in God's hands, designed to try us. God's work shall agree with his word, whether we see it or not. And we may well trust God to provide for us, without our anxious, disquieting cares. Be not weary in well-doing, for in due season, in God's time, you shall reap, Ga 6:9.
Study Bible
Cast Your Bread upon the Waters
3If the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth; and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it lies. 4He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. 5Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 11:3
If the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth; and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it lies.

Ecclesiastes 11:5
Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.
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