New International Version
Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return.
King James Bible
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
Darby Bible Translation
Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.
World English Bible
Cast your bread on the waters; for you shall find it after many days.
Young's Literal Translation
Send forth thy bread on the face of the waters, For in the multitude of the days thou dost find it.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Cast thy bread upon the waters - An allusion to the sowing of rice; which was sown upon muddy ground, or ground covered with water, and trodden in by the feet of cattle: it thus took root, and grew, and was found after many days in a plentiful harvest. Give alms to the poor, and it will be as seed sown in good ground. God will cause thee afterwards to receive it with abundant increase. The Targum understands it of giving bread to poor sailors. The Vulgate and my old Bible have the same idea. Send thi brede upon men passing waters.
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'Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.... Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.'--ECCLES. xi. 9; xii. 1. This strange, and in some places perplexing Book of Ecclesiastes, is intended to …
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Curiosity a Temptation to Sin.
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward."
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
2 Samuel 17:29
honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows' milk for David and his people to eat. For they said, "The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness."
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.
how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.
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