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Ecclesiastes 11

 
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1 ἀπόστειλον τὸν ἄρτον σου ἐπὶ πρόσωπον τοῦ ὕδατος ὅτι ἐν πλήθει τῶν ἡμερῶν εὑρήσεις αὐτόν 2 δὸς μερίδα τοῖς ἑπτὰ καί γε τοῖς ὀκτώ ὅτι οὐ γινώσκεις τί ἔσται πονηρὸν ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν 3 ἐὰν πληρωθῶσιν τὰ νέφη ὑετοῦ ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν ἐκχέουσιν καὶ ἐὰν πέσῃ ξύλον ἐν τῷ νότῳ καὶ ἐὰν ἐν τῷ βορρᾷ τόπῳ οὗ πεσεῖται τὸ ξύλον ἐκεῖ ἔσται 4 τηρῶν ἄνεμον οὐ σπερεῖ καὶ βλέπων ἐν ταῖς νεφέλαις οὐ θερίσει 5 ἐν οἷς οὐκ ἔστιν γινώσκων τίς ἡ ὁδὸς τοῦ πνεύματος ὡς ὀστᾶ ἐν γαστρὶ τῆς κυοφορούσης οὕτως οὐ γνώσῃ τὰ ποιήματα τοῦ θεοῦ ὅσα ποιήσει σὺν τὰ πάντα 6 ἐν πρωίᾳ σπεῖρον τὸ σπέρμα σου καὶ εἰς ἑσπέραν μὴ ἀφέτω ἡ χείρ σου ὅτι οὐ γινώσκεις ποῖον στοιχήσει ἢ τοῦτο ἢ τοῦτο καὶ ἐὰν τὰ δύο ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ ἀγαθά 1 Here, on the stream’s bosom, venture thy livelihood; wait long thou mayst, but be sure thou shalt recover it at last. 2 Seven claims thou hast satisfied, do not refuse the eighth. Not thine to foresee what general calamities the future holds in store; 3 there the rain comes, where the clouds gather; north or south as the tree falls, north or south the trunk will lie. 4 Still waiting for a wind? Never shall thy seed be sown. Still watching the clouds? Never shall thy harvest be carried. 5 Breath that comes and goes, the fashioning of man’s frame in the womb, of all this thou knowest nothing; and thinkest thou to understand God’s doings, that is Maker of all? 6 Early abroad, to sow thy seed, and let evening find thee still at work; which sowing shall speed better, none knows, or whether both shall thrive to thy profit.[1] 1

Mitte panem tuum super transeuntes aquas,
quia post tempora multa invenies illum.
2
Da partem septem necnon et octo,
quia ignoras quid futurum sit mali super terram.
3
Si repletæ fuerint nubes,
imbrem super terram effundent.
Si ceciderit lignum ad austrum aut ad aquilonem,
in quocumque loco ceciderit, ibi erit.
4
Qui observat ventum non seminat;
et qui considerat nubes numquam metet.
5
Quomodo ignoras quæ sit via spiritus,
et qua ratione compingantur ossa in ventre prægnantis,
sic nescis opera Dei,
qui fabricator est omnium.
6
Mane semina semen tuum,
et vespere ne cesset manus tua:
quia nescis quid magis oriatur, hoc aut illud;
et si utrumque simul, melius erit.
7 καὶ γλυκὺ τὸ φῶς καὶ ἀγαθὸν τοῖς ὀφθαλμοῖς τοῦ βλέπειν σὺν τὸν ἥλιον 8 ὅτι καὶ ἐὰν ἔτη πολλὰ ζήσεται ὁ ἄνθρωπος ἐν πᾶσιν αὐτοῖς εὐφρανθήσεται καὶ μνησθήσεται τὰς ἡμέρας τοῦ σκότους ὅτι πολλαὶ ἔσονται πᾶν τὸ ἐρχόμενον ματαιότης 9 εὐφραίνου νεανίσκε ἐν νεότητί σου καὶ ἀγαθυνάτω σε ἡ καρδία σου ἐν ἡμέραις νεότητός σου καὶ περιπάτει ἐν ὁδοῖς καρδίας σου καὶ ἐν ὁράσει ὀφθαλμῶν σου καὶ γνῶθι ὅτι ἐπὶ πᾶσι τούτοις ἄξει σε ὁ θεὸς ἐν κρίσει 10 καὶ ἀπόστησον θυμὸν ἀπὸ καρδίας σου καὶ παράγαγε πονηρίαν ἀπὸ σαρκός σου ὅτι ἡ νεότης καὶ ἡ ἄνοια ματαιότης 7 Ay, it is good to look upon, the light of day; never was eye yet but loved to see the sun. 8 Only be thy years never so many, never so happy, do not forget the dark days that are coming, the long days, when frustration will be the end of it all. 9 While thou art young, take thy fill of manhood’s pride, let thy heart beat high with youth, follow where thought leads and inclination beckons, but remember that for all this God will call thee to account. 10 Rid thy heart, then, of resentment, thy nature of ill humours; youth and pleasures, they are so quickly gone! 7

Dulce lumen,
et delectabile est oculis videre solem.
8
Si annis multis vixerit homo,
et in his omnibus lætatus fuerit,
meminisse debet tenebrosi temporis, et dierum multorum,
qui cum venerint, vanitatis arguentur præterita.
9
Lætare ergo, juvenis, in adolescentia tua,
et in bono sit cor tuum in diebus juventutis tuæ:
et ambula in viis cordis tui,
et in intuitu oculorum tuorum,
et scito quod pro omnibus his adducet te Deus in judicium.
10
Aufer iram a corde tuo,
et amove malitiam a carne tua:
adolescentia enim et voluptas vana sunt.
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