to give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.)
smoothness (of the tongue); also an allotment -- flattery, inheritance, part, partake, portion.
a primitive cardinal number; seven (as the sacred full one); also (adverbially) seven times; by implication, a week; by extension, an indefinite number
and also to eight
a cardinal number, eight (as if a surplus above the perfect seven); also (as ordinal) eighth -- eight(-een, -eenth), eighth.
for thou knowest
to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially
not what evil
bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral)one), worse(-st), wretchedness, wrong. (Incl. feminine raaah; as adjective or noun.).
shall be upon the earth
the earth (at large, or partitively a land) -- common, country, earth, field, ground, land, natins, way, + wilderness, world.
Parallel VersesNew American Standard Bible
Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.
King James Bible
Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Give a portion to seven or even to eight, for you don't know what disaster may happen on earth.
International Standard Version
Apportion what you have into seven, or even eight parts, because you don't know what disaster might befall the land.
Divide your merchandise among seven or even eight investments, for you do not know what calamity may happen on earth.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Divide what you have into seven parts, or even into eight, because you don't know what disaster may happen on earth.
King James 2000 Bible
Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for you know not what evil shall be upon the earth.
Ecclesiastes 11:2 NIV
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