Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. But remember that youth, with a whole life before you, is meaningless. (Ecclesiastes 11:9-10, NLT)
This passage surprisingly caught my full attention this morning during my quiet time. After reading it several times and having no idea what it meant, I looked it up in several of my favorite translations (LEB, NET, NIV, NLT) and realized that this is one of those different-in-just-about-every-translation passages. It’s a controversial passage and has been for millenia, so this is is going to be a controversial post.