8 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it;
whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them;
whoever splits logs may be endangered by them. 10 If the ax is dull
and its edge unsharpened,
more strength is needed,
but skill will bring success. 11 If a snake bites before it is charmed,
the charmer receives no fee. 12 Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious,
but fools are consumed by their own lips.
13 At the beginning their words are folly;
at the end they are wicked madness—
14 and fools multiply words. No one knows what is coming—
who can tell someone else what will happen after them? 15 The toil of fools wearies them;
they do not know the way to town. 16 Woe to the land whose king was a servant[a]
and whose princes feast in the morning.
17 Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth
and whose princes eat at a proper time—
for strength and not for drunkenness. 18 Through laziness, the rafters sag;
because of idle hands, the house leaks. 19 A feast is made for laughter,
wine makes life merry,
and money is the answer for everything. 20 Do not revile the king even in your thoughts,
or curse the rich in your bedroom,
because a bird in the sky may carry your words,
and a bird on the wing may report what you say.
Invest in Many Ventures1 Ship your grain across the sea;
after many days you may receive a return.
2 Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight;
you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. 3 If clouds are full of water,
they pour rain on the earth.
Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north,
in the place where it falls, there it will lie.
4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant;
whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. 5 As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed[b] in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things. 6 Sow your seed in the morning,
and at evening let your hands not be idle,
for you do not know which will succeed,
whether this or that,
or whether both will do equally well.
Remember Your Creator While Young7 Light is sweet,
and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 However many years anyone may live,
let them enjoy them all.
But let them remember the days of darkness,
for there will be many.
Everything to come is meaningless.New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica
- What commands does the author give?
- Why does the author recommend several ways to respond to situations in life, even while saying no one knows what is coming?
- Reflect on a current situation in your life and listen for God's voice. How is He calling you to respond at this time?