Ecclesiastes 11:2
Good News Translation
Put your investments in several places--many places even--because you never know what kind of bad luck you are going to have in this world.

Contemporary English Version
Share what you have with seven or eight others, because you never know when disaster may strike.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give a portion to seven, and also to eight: for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

New American Bible
Make seven, or even eight portions; you know not what misfortune may come upon the earth.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Give a portion to seven, and also to eight: for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

a portion

Nehemiah 8:10 And he said to them: Go, eat fat meats, and drink sweet wine, and send portions to them that have not prepared for themselves: because it is the holy day of the Lord, and be not sad: for the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Esther 9:19,22 But those Jews that dwelt in towns not walled and in villages, appointed the fourteenth day of the month Adar for banquets and gladness, so as to rejoice on that day, and send one another portions of their banquets and meats. . . .

Psalm 112:9 He hath distributed, he hath given to the poor: his justice remaineth for ever and ever: his horn shall be exalted in glory.

Luke 6:30-35 Give to every one that asketh thee: and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again. . . .

1 Timothy 6:18,19 To do good, to be rich in good work, to give easily, to communicate to others, . . .

seven

Job 5:19 In six troubles he shall deliver thee, and in the seventh, evil shall not touch thee.

Proverbs 6:16 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,

Micah 5:5 And he shall stand, and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the height of the name of the Lord, his God: and they shall be converted, for now shall he be magnified even to the ends of the earth.

Matthew 18:22 Jesus saith to him: I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times.

Luke 17:4 And if he sin against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day be converted unto thee, saying: I repent: forgive him.

for

Daniel 4:27 And the king answered, and said: Is not this the great Babylon, which I have built, to be the seat of the kingdom, by the strength of my power, and in the glory of my excellence?

Acts 11:28-30 And one of them named Agabus, rising up, signified by the Spirit that there should be a great famine over the whole world, which came to pass under Claudius. . . .

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, and if a man be overtaken in any fault, you, who are spiritual, instruct such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Ephesians 5:16 But as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Hebrews 13:3 Remember them that are in bands, as if you were bound with them: and them that labour, as being yourselves also in the body.

Context
Cast Your Bread upon the Waters
1Cast thy bread upon the running waters: for after a long time thou shalt find it again. 2Give a portion to seven, and also to eight: for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.3If the clouds be full, they will pour out rain upon the earth. If the tree fall to the south, or to the north, in what place soever it shall fall, there shall it be.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:42
Give to him that asketh of thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away.

Luke 6:30
Give to every one that asketh thee: and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again.

1 Timothy 6:18
To do good, to be rich in good work, to give easily, to communicate to others,

1 Timothy 6:19
To lay up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the true life.

Psalm 112:9
He hath distributed, he hath given to the poor: his justice remaineth for ever and ever: his horn shall be exalted in glory.

Proverbs 19:17
He that hath mercy on the poor, lendeth to the Lord: and he will repay him.

Ecclesiastes 11:3
If the clouds be full, they will pour out rain upon the earth. If the tree fall to the south, or to the north, in what place soever it shall fall, there shall it be.

Ecclesiastes 11:8
If a man live many years, and have rejoiced in them all, he must remember the darksome time, and the many days: which when they shall come, the things past shall be accused of vanity.

Ecclesiastes 12:1
Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth, before the time of affliction come, and the years draw nigh of which thou shalt say: They please me not:

Additional Translations
Divide your portion among seven, or even eight, for you do not know what disaster may befall the land.Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for you know not what evil shall be on the earth.

Give a portion to seven, yea, even unto eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil there shall be upon the earth.

Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

Give a portion to seven, yea, even unto eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

Give a portion to seven, yes, even to eight; for you don't know what evil will be on the earth.

Give a portion to seven, and even to eight, For thou knowest not what evil is on the earth.
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