Ecclesiastes 11:2
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New International Version
Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.

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

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

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

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

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Give a portion to seven - Never cease giving while thou seest a person in distress, and hast wherewithal to relieve him.

Thou knowest not what evil - Such may be the change of times, that thou mayest yet stand in need of similar help thyself. Do as thou wouldst be done by.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a portion

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to them for whom nothing is prepared...

Esther 9:19,22 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelled in the unwalled towns...

Psalm 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honor.

Luke 6:30-35 Give to every man that asks of you; and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again...

1 Timothy 6:18,19 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate...

seven

Job 5:19 He shall deliver you in six troubles: yes, in seven there shall no evil touch you.

Proverbs 6:16 These six things does the LORD hate: yes, seven are an abomination to him:

Micah 5:5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces...

Matthew 18:22 Jesus said to him, I say not to you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to you, saying, I repent...

for

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your sins by righteousness...

Acts 11:28-30 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world...

Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness...

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Hebrews 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

Library
A New Years Sermon to the Young
'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
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Curiosity a Temptation to Sin.
"Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away."--Proverbs iv. 14, 15. The chief cause of the wickedness which is every where seen in the world, and in which, alas! each of us has more or less his share, is our curiosity to have some fellowship with darkness, some experience of sin, to know what the pleasures of sin are like. I believe it is even thought unmanly by many persons (though they may not like to say
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VIII

Ecclesiastes
It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Matthew 5:42
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Luke 6:30
Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.

1 Timothy 6:18
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

1 Timothy 6:19
In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Psalm 112:9
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor.

Proverbs 19:17
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

Ecclesiastes 11:3
If clouds are full of water, they pour rain on the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there it will lie.

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