11 Send 1 your grain 2 overseas, 3
for after many days you will get a return. 4
2 Divide your merchandise 5 among seven or even eight 6 investments, 7
for you do not know 8 what calamity 9 may happen on earth.
3 If the clouds are full of rain, they will empty themselves on the earth,
and whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, the tree will lie wherever it falls.
4 He who watches the wind will not sow,
and he who observes the clouds will not reap. 10
5 Just as you do not know the path 11 of the wind,
or how the bones form 12 in the womb of a pregnant woman, 13
so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
6 Sow your seed in the morning,
and do not stop working 14 until the evening; 15
for you do not know which activity 16 will succeed 17 –
whether this one or that one, or whether both will prosper equally. 18
7 Light 19 is sweet, 20
and it is pleasant for a person 21 to see the sun. 22
8 So, if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all,
but let him remember that the days of darkness 23 will be many – all that is about to come is obscure. 24
9 Rejoice, young man, while you are young, 25
and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth.
Follow the impulses 26 of your heart and the desires 27 of your eyes,
but know that God will judge your motives and actions. 28
10 Banish 29 emotional stress 30 from your mind. 31
and put away pain 32 from your body; 33
for youth 34 and the prime of life 35 are fleeting. 36
12 So remember 1 your Creator in the days of your youth –
before 2 the difficult 3 days come,
and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;
2 before the sun and the light 4 of the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds disappear 5 after the rain;
3 when those who keep watch over the house 6 begin to tremble, 7
and the virile men begin to stoop over, 8
and the grinders 9 begin to cease because they grow few,
and those who look through the windows grow dim, 10
4 and the doors along the street are shut;
when the sound of the grinding mill 11 grows low,
and one is awakened 12 by the sound of a bird,
and all their 13 songs 14 grow faint, 15
5 and they are afraid of heights and the dangers 16 in the street;
the almond blossoms 17 grow white, 18
and the grasshopper 19 drags itself along, 20
and the caper berry 21 shrivels up 22 –
because man goes to his eternal home, 23
and the mourners go about in the streets –
6 before the silver cord is removed,
or the golden bowl is broken,
or the pitcher is shattered at the well, 24
or the water wheel 25 is broken at the cistern –
7 and the dust returns to the earth as it was,
and the life’s breath 26 returns to God who gave it.
8 “Absolutely futile!” 27 laments the Teacher, 28
“All of these things 29 are futile!” 30
9 Not only was the Teacher wise, 31
but he also taught knowledge to the people;
he carefully evaluated 32 and arranged 33 many proverbs.
10 The Teacher sought to find delightful 34 words,
and to write 35 accurately truthful sayings. 36
11 The words of the sages are like prods, 37
and the collected sayings are like firmly fixed nails;
they are given by one shepherd.
12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. 38
There is no end to the making 39 of many books,
and much study is exhausting to the body. 40
13 Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion: 41
Fear God and keep his commandments,
because this is the whole duty 42 of man.
14 For God will evaluate every deed, 43
including every secret thing, whether good or evil.
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 which God gave him to show his servants 2 what must happen very soon. 3 He made it clear 4 by sending his angel to his servant 5 John, 2 who then 6 testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about 7 Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 8 prophecy aloud, 9 and blessed are 10 those who hear and obey 11 the things written in it, because the time is near! 12
4 From John, 13 to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: 14 Grace and peace to you 15 from “he who is,” 16 and who was, and who is still to come, 17 and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 18 witness, 19 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 20 from our sins at the cost of 21 his own blood 6 and has appointed 22 us as a kingdom, 23 as priests 24 serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! 25 Amen.
7 (Look! He is returning with the clouds, 26
and every eye will see him,
even 27 those who pierced him, 28
and all the tribes 29 on the earth will mourn because 30 of him.
This will certainly come to pass! 31 Amen.) 32
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 33 says the Lord God – the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful! 34
9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 35 with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 36 are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 37 10 I was in the Spirit 38 on the Lord’s Day 39 when 40 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, 41 Smyrna, 42 Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 I 43 turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 44 and when I did so, 45 I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 46 He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 47 around his chest. 14 His 48 head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 49 and his eyes were like a fiery 50 flame. 15 His feet were like polished bronze 51 refined 52 in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 53 of many waters. 16 He held 54 seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 55 face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 17 When 56 I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 57 he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 and the one who lives! I 58 was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 59 19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things. 60 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 61 The seven stars are the angels 62 of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.