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1 Cast your bread on the water, eventually you will recover it.

2 Offer a share to seven or to eight people, you can never tell what disaster may occur.

3 When clouds are full of rain, they will shed it on the earth. If a tree falls, whether south or north, where it falls, there it will lie.

4 Keep watching the wind and you will never sow, keep staring at the clouds and you will never reap.

5 You do not understand how the wind blows, or how the embryo grows in a woman's womb: no more can you understand the work of God, the Creator of all.

6 In the morning, sow your seed, until evening, do not cease from labour, for of any two things you do not know which will succeed, or which of the two is the better.

7 How sweet light is, how delightful it is to see the sun!

8 However many years you live, enjoy them all, but remember, the days of darkness will be many: futility awaits you at the end.

9 Young man, enjoy yourself while you are young, make the most of the days of your youth, follow the prompting and desire of heart and eye, but remember, God will call you to account for everything.

10 Rid your heart of indignation, keep your body clear of suffering, though youth and the age of black hair are both futile.


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Reading 1, Genesis 18:20-32: 20 Then Yahweh said, 'The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah ... Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8: 1 [Of David] I thank you, Yahweh, with ... Gospel, Luke 11:1-13: 1 Now it happened that he was in a certain place praying, and when ... ... continue reading

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The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) is a Catholic translation of the Bible published in 1985. The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) has become the most widely used Roman Catholic Bible outside of the United States. It has the imprimatur of Cardinal George Basil Hume.

Like its predecessor, the Jerusalem Bible, the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) version is translated "directly from the Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic." The 1973 French translation, the Bible de Jerusalem, is followed only "where the text admits to more than one interpretation." Introductions and notes, with some modifications, are taken from the Bible de Jerusalem.

Source: The Very Reverend Dom (Joseph) Henry Wansbrough, OSB, MA (Oxon), STL (Fribourg), LSS (Rome), a monk of Ampleforth Abbey and a biblical scholar. He was General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible. "New Jerusalem Bible, Regular Edition", pg. v.

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