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ecclesiastes 11 verse 1

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By saying thy bread, he cautions us that we give away only that which is our own, and not that which is another’s; as they do who give either what they get from others by fraud or power, or what they owe to others, and are unable to pay, and so exercise charity to the hinderance of justice, or of the payment of their just debts). The doctrine of stewardship is peculiar to our religion. (Brooke Herford.). But Solomon seems to be saying, don"t let the possibility of hard times or an uncertain future keep you from being generous. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Effect), App-6, for the seed from which it is produced. So is it also in connection with benevolence: in His own good time the Lord restores that which may have been given to sufferers for His name's sake. So in the Word of God there is all that, can bless and dignify man here, and prepare him for everlasting glory. 2. I. Divinely trustful. Some motives to the exercise of benevolence. This might seem to be folly in the extreme: but experience proves, that, instead of losing their seed, they find it again, after many days, rising into an abundant crop. “Thou shalt find it after many days.” Your work shall not be unavailing, your barque shall not be shipwrecked. As if he had said, Cast — That is, freely and liberally bestow; thy bread — That is, thy money, or provisions, or the necessaries of life, of whatever kind; upon the waters — Upon the poor, on whom thy bounty may at first, and for a time, appear to be lost. "It means to give a portion to seven yea, even unto eight. But, at the same time, by speaking of “many days,” it warns us alike against impatience and despondency. ], ". The image is borrowed from sea-trading. ‘Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.’. Sea trade was risky in the ancient Near East, but it brought big returns to its investors (e.g., 1 Kgs 9:26-28; 10:22; Ps 107:23); see D. R. Glenn, “Ecclesiastes,” BKCOT, 1002-3. 3. Ecc 11:9 You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. The first reason is taken from the quality of the seed (Ecclesiastes 11:6). What effects should this charge and this promise have on our faith and practice? But is it nothing, to prevent the soil being overrun with briars and thorns, and to have it improved by the infusion of moral principles? Gain a concise, fundamental grasp of what the Bible is all about with our NEW "Know the Bible" series. You had better sow every year. Now, we move on to chapter 11 for our Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary. In the older times it was the ambition of a business man to establish a business,--a concern that might stand, a business that his sons might be proud to take up and maintain the prestige of it. ], [God assures us, that “whatever we give to the poor, we lend unto the Lord; and that he will, in one way or another, repay us again [Note: Proverbs 19:17. What he gives out is not stones or chaff, but bread, corn, the life of the world. It has been observed by several interpreters, that in these words, cast thy לחם lechem, upon the face of the waters, לחם, which is generally translated bread, may as well be translated corn: besides other places, where it has that signification, no other construction can be put on it, Isaiah 28:28 nor in this place neither, if we consider that Solomon makes use of a proverbial metaphorical sentence, which must have a known, rational, literal sense, independently of the remoter moral application. Christ went about doing good. If you follow the advice in this verse literally, you will experience disappointment. remunerative, may in the end prove extremely advantageous. or, "Send your grain overseas"!? (1) We must aim to sow the right seed. The design of God in affording us what we have--not that it may be hoarded, but communicated. 2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. Well, then, “cast your bread upon the waters.” If your tongues must be so soon employed in groaning and in complaints, let them now, at least, be employed for God. "The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth shall be watered himself." But it is plainly capable of a far wider extension. From the very first it brought to them an immediate return in soul-satisfaction. (4) We should aim to use the right rule for estimating success. What an amount has been spent on that cause in the course of the ages! The merchant of that period had to wait long, to scan the horizon oft, before he was greeted with the sight of his returning barque. Now, if there is one thing which our religion ought to teach us, it is this spirit I have been trying to show the need of--of living not just for to-day, but for days to come, of casting one’s bread upon the waters--the spirit of patient, thoughtful permanence in life and doings. If the husbandman would have increase he must sow again in faith, and commit himself to a watchful Providence. “Thou shalt find it after many days.” The reward will not come at once. They have received no testimony of the usefulness of the bread which they have thus east--no testimony that the examples they have set, the exhortations they have uttered, the Bibles they have distributed, have been instrumental to the adding a single member to the visible Church. Our bread is to be cast upon the waters. THE PROMISE, “Thou shalt find it after many days.” “Thou shalt find it;” therefore you may be at first inclined to think it lost;--after many days; therefore you need not be strengthless with the chill of discouragement if it should not be found at once. “Give a portion to seven, and also to eight,” etc. Ecc 11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. It is in the realm of ideas, in fact, that the saying is most manifestly verified. 9 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, c how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are d in the hand of God. and some think the speech is borrowed from navigation, and is an allusion to merchants who send their goods beyond sea, and have a large return for them; for thou shalt find it after many days; not the identical bread itself, but the fruit and reward of such beneficence; which they shall have unexpectedly, or after long waiting, as the husbandman for his seed; it suggests that such persons should live long, as liberal persons oftentimes do, and increase in their worldly substance; and if they should not live to reap the advantage of their liberality, yet their posterity will, as the seed of Jonathan did for the kindness he showed to David: or, however, if they find it not again in temporal things, yet in spirituals; and shall be recompensed in the resurrection of the just, and to all eternity. But the case is quite otherwise with respect to seed thrown upon the surface of an inundation: When the waters subside, the corn which remains in the mud grows, and is found again many days after, at the time of harvest. 1 Corinthians 16:2.] The image under which liberality is here inculcated is well understood in countries where the heat of the climate, uniting with periodical inundations, enables the husbandman to proceed in a mode of agriculture unknown to us in the colder regions of the globe. The most popular explanation of Ecclesiastes 11:1 is, that the figure is taken from the casting of seed on irrigated lands, as, for instance, in Egypt before the waters of the Nile have subsided; and that the duty of beneficence is here inculcated. It is a call to unpromising work to sow the seed upon the waters looks hopeless; little good seems likely to come of such toil and sacrifice. You cannot force moral vegetation. Solomon having discovered divers vanities, and amongst others the vanity of heaping up riches, he now teacheth us that it is our interest as well as duty, not so much to lay them up, as to lay them out in pious and charitable uses; and having taught us the true and best use of worldly things, for our present comfort and benefit, which is to enjoy them with a cheerful and contented mind, he now directs us to the best improvement of them, for our future and greater advantage; and having acquainted us with our duty towards our superiors, he now directs us in our carriage towards our inferiors, and especially to such of them as are poor. Remember that you all, without exception, have it in your power still more largely to promote this good work. Barton also noted that by far the most probably correct understanding of this place views it as, "An exhortation to liberality," pointing out the ancient Arabic proverb upon which the metaphorical words of the text are founded."[9]. This indefinite designation of time, which yet definitely points to the remote future, does not thus indicate that the subject is the recompense of noble self-renunciation which is sooner or later rewarded, and often immediately, but exactly accords with the idea of commerce carried on with foreign countries, which expects to attain its object only after a long period of waiting. After many days; not immediately, but in due time, and when you least expect it. 11 Ship(A) your grain across the sea;    after many days you may receive a return.(B). We are to sow our benefits broadcast, and be assured we shall have a harvest of reward. 3. If those who are now within our reach, if those who are now in darkness, be not benefited by an application of the means God has given us in His providence, “a great gulf” will soon be fixed, over which no pity, no exertion, can step. A. waters — image from the custom of sowing seed by casting it from boats into the overflowing waters of the Nile, or in any marshy ground. It were indeed a most erroneous impression. Ecclesiastes 11:1New King James Version (NKJV) The Value of Diligence 11 Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days. The ship we send forth with trembling, that is never reported from any foreign port, that is never spoken with by a passing sail, that sends no message in sealed bottle on the waves, that is frozen fast in abysses of frost and darkness, shall nevertheless return, bringing treasure beyond all ivory, pearls, or gold. Said His brethren: “If Thou do these things, show Thyself to the world.” How truly human such a request, as it all was lost that was not shown! You see it in trade and the various material arts of life. Faith in God and His eternal laws is the mainspring in all the efforts of a good man’s life. 1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all [is] vanity. Ecclesiastes 10 Ecclesiastes 11:1 Ecclesiastes 12 Return to the Main Player Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. Some see the in the word "cast" (send, side reference ASV, "send forth"), the image of a trading ship, i.e., a merchant sending forth his ships laden with trade goods ("Send your grain across the seas" NEB). Now, you cannot do that in business. There is no remembrance, &c.— This verse may be rendered, There is no memorial to what happened before, neither shall there be any memorial to what shall happen henceforth, with those who shall come hereafter. Charity yields high returns. I have not spoken respecting religious advantages accruing to the children, because it may be supposed that they are not at that early age capable of religious instruction. In general it is, to do good with our property. I. Peshitta, Targum, and Talmud attribute the authorship of the book to King Solomon. A second objection seems to be that, even if we apply ourselves to works of this kind, very frequently the manner in which God carries on His work is very different from the conceptions which we had formed (Ecclesiastes 11:5). As thou knowest not what is the way of the wind, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child; even so thou knowest not the work of God who doeth all. “Though one cast his bread upon the surface of a stream, he may, though long after, find it again.” That is, an investment, whether of toil, of benevolent giving, or good doing, which shows little promise of being. With the words; for he doth not barely mention. As in the Lord‘s prayer, all things needful for the body and soul. Ecclesiastes 11 is the eleventh chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. It is a conclusive denial of the hopelessness of earlier sayings in the book. It might be supposed that this would have operated to check their exertions. And when this principle has been settled--the principle that, though we cannot merit from God, our actions are to decide our condition--we may speak of good works as hereafter to be rewarded, because they are as inevitably to regulate our portion as though that portion were a recompense in the strictest sense of the term. Buchanan, Ecclesiastes: its Meaning and Lessons, p. 391; T. C. Finlayson, A Practical Exposition of Ecclesiastes p. 239. 3. And, as they sow the rice in the water, they transplant it in the water.” But, though Solomon alludes to this, it is evident he means in these words to inculcate liberality to the poor. 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