ecclesiastes 11 verse 1

In general it is, to do good with our property. We are to render service--service that often costs much--to thankless people. It is the glory of true religion that it inspires and inculcates a spirit of benevolence. I. No matter which direction a tree falls, it will lie where it fell. His wisdom plans, His power executes, and His love reigns over all. "[4] Why should this be called casting bread upon the waters? ]: for “if he love not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen [Note: 1 John 4:20. mērov yamim, Isaiah 24:22) wilt thou find it” (not “find it again,” which would be expressed by תּשׁוּב תּם ). Ecclesiastes 11:1 in all English translations, NIV, Story of Jesus: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story, NIV, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print, NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture. Macaulay objected to school-prizes because the reward was too immediate. (1-6) An admonition to prepare for death, and to young persons to be religious. It has been less absurdly proposed to understand the text as advising maritime enterprise; but the word “bread” does not harmonise with this explanation. Charity yields high returns. Only from the lips of Christ and from those whose utterances were instinct with the light of Christ's own Spirit do we obtain those gleanings of precious and suggestive thought which God will vitalise and make the seeds of heaven. 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. With Ginsburg, we may in this way say that a proverb as to our dealings with those who are above us, is followed by a proverb regarding those who are below us; with those others a proverb regarding judicious courageous venturing, ranks itself with a proverb regarding a rashness which is to be discountenanced; and the following proverb does not say: Give a portion, distribute of that which is thine, to seven and also to eight: for it is well done that thou gainest for thee friends with the unrighteous mammon for a time when thou thyself mayest unexpectedly be in want; but it is a prudent rule which is here placed by the side of counsel to bold adventure: Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. None but persons of very enlarged minds could ever have devised such means of benefiting the poor. Ver. Some interpreters (not unreasonably) understand by “bread” the seed from the produce of which bread is made. It seems to me that it is not houses only, but the whole fabric of society which is being built up thus flimsily and temporarily. The efforts of others are mere chaff. (2) Withhold not the word that aims at a brother’s good. When the waters receded, the grain in the alluvial soil sprang up (Isaiah 32:20). This saying takes us to the banks of the Nile, where, every year, as the flood subsided, while the level lands were still all ooze and mud, the farmer went forth, and, without any ploughing, just cast the grain over the mud, and, simply trampling it in with his flocks of goats, knew that he should “find it after many days” in those fruitful harvests which made, Egypt the granary of the ancient world. Invest in Many Ventures - Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. 1. The charge is, "Cast thy bread upon the waters." “Give a portion to seven, and also to eight,” etc. Here is a motive addressed to our hope. Something to last, there! God never loses sight of our “work of faith.”, 2. 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. The methods of the mathematician are not applicable to Christian enterprise to any appreciable extent. Much of the highest, painfulest service wrought for the good of men--work of brain and heart--is least appreciated. There is a lesson here which is always needed, but which was never, perhaps, more needed than to-day. Ecclesiastes 11 is the eleventh chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. II. Useless, fruitless, we might have said many a time and oft. “Shall find”--therein consists the romantic interest of the spiritual venture. To get what Ecclesiastes 11:1 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural … He does not intend by it what we might mean by Christian charity, but rather a doing what you can with your own interests in view. 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. the thinness, the weakness, and the poverty-stricken character of that goodness that comes in gushes, and then steps in fragments, in shreds and patches! Why, as to yourselves, it is to “give the more earnest heed to the things that you have heard, lest at any time you should let them slip”: and, as to others, to do all you can to give effect to the administration of the Gospel, by renewed exertions, and by more fervent prayers. Now, you cannot do that in business. (Caleb Morris.). When our Henry III (an oppressing prince) had sent a load of frieze (b) to the friar minors to clothe them, they returned the same with this message, that he ought not to give alms of what he had rent from the poor, neither would they accept of that abominable gift. ◄ Ecclesiastes 11:1 ► Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. . “If the tree fall toward the south,” etc. Elmslie.). The reward which awaits you. The text teaches the lesson of obedience to present duty and of patience as to the future result. 1. One great part of this sowing to the Spirit consists in our conduct towards God, the other in our conduct towards one another. [Proverbs 22:9] God hateth to have ex rapina holocaustum, a sacrifice of things got by rapine and robbery; [Amos 2:8] "With such sacrifices God is not well pleased." Give, do good while you have the opportunity! Work in faith through the power of God. the waters, ( for then the particle al might have been translated beside,) but the face, i.e. Give as the Lord hath prospered you, and leave another day or another year to take care for itself. There is a certain audacity in business, in love, and in religion that is essential to success. It is a seed that will germinate, multiply. The utmost which many of the most devoted servants of God can affirm when they come to die is, that they have been diligently casting bread upon the waters. And the advice is given in light of the unpredictability of life… Business Advice 11:1 Cast [send] thy bread [grain] upon the … Prudence is a virtue, but a man may be too prudent. But Solomon seems to be saying, don"t let the possibility of hard times or an uncertain future keep you from being generous. ].” Still more will he repay us in a way of spiritual prosperity; since, “if we draw out our soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul, he will satisfy our souls in drought, and make fat our bones, and make us like a watered garden, or like a spring of water, whose waters fail not [Note: Isaiah 58:10-11. You, with your religious assemblies, your faith in God, your love to our Lord Jesus Christ, your hope in heaven--you are proofs that seed cast upon the waters may be found “after many days.” Oh, then, go on: future ages shall call you blessed; and the glorious results of your labour shall be found in that day, when “they shall come from the east, and the west,” etc. 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. IV. Voltaire, in his Précis de l'Ecclésiaste en vers, also adopts this rendering: Repandez vos bien faits avec magnificence. II. Full Life vs. Mendelssohn is right in remarking that the exhortation shows itself to be that of Koheleth-Solomon, whose ships traded to Tarshish and Ophir. πέμπε ; thus by none is the pure idea of casting forth connected with שׁלּח . 11 Ship(A) your grain across the sea;    after many days you may receive a return.(B). It appears to be this alone--teaching in its history and its connections the fact that “Jesus Christ is the Saviour of sinners.”, 2. It is not best for our spiritual life that we should always get immediate returns for our labours. Thine own well gotten goods. ), There are in this book aspects of truth that we are very apt to forget, an emphasis put upon certain out-of-the-way duties that are as essential to a proper, natural, and religious life as those doctrines and principles that we bring to the forefront of our evangelical preaching. In the morning sow thy seed and in the evening withhold not thy hand; for thou canst not tell whether shall prosper, this or that, or whether, since all rests at last with the great, big-hearted, loving God, both alike, beyond your very utmost dreams and hopes, shall be prosperous. There is more than a hint in these verses that the benevolent treatment of others by God-fearing people, while we have the ability to do it, might, at some unknown time in the future, be, even for us, the means of our survival. When the waters receded, the grain in the alluvial soil sprang up (Isaiah 32:20). One must be amazed and outraged at what many recent interpreters and translators are doing to this plain Scripture. Il est grand, il est beau de faire des ingrats . It were indeed a most erroneous impression. Partic. 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