Ecclesiastes 11:1
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New International Version
Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return.

New Living Translation
Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you.

English Standard Version
Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.

New American Standard Bible
Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.

King James Bible
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Send your bread on the surface of the waters, for after many days you may find it.

International Standard Version
Spread your bread on the water— after a while you will find it.

NET Bible
Send your grain overseas, for after many days you will get a return.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Throw your bread on the surface of the water, because you will find it again after many days.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Cast thy bread upon the waters, For thou shalt find it after many days.

New American Standard 1977
Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many days.

King James 2000 Bible
Cast your bread upon the waters: for you shall find it after many days.

American King James Version
Cast your bread on the waters: for you shall find it after many days.

American Standard Version
Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Cast thy bread upon the running waters: for after a long time thou shalt find it again.

Darby Bible Translation
Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.

English Revised Version
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

Webster's 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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
11:1-6 Solomon presses the rich to do good to others. Give freely, though it may seem thrown away and lost. Give to many. Excuse not thyself with the good thou hast done, from the good thou hast further to do. It is not lost, but well laid out. We have reason to expect evil, for we are born to trouble; it is wisdom to do good in the day of prosperity. Riches cannot profit us, if we do not benefit others. Every man must labour to be a blessing to that place where the providence of God casts him. Wherever we are, we may find good work to do, if we have but hearts to do it. If we magnify every little difficulty, start objections, and fancy hardships, we shall never go on, much less go through with our work. Winds and clouds of tribulation are, in God's hands, designed to try us. God's work shall agree with his word, whether we see it or not. And we may well trust God to provide for us, without our anxious, disquieting cares. Be not weary in well-doing, for in due season, in God's time, you shall reap, Ga 6:9.
Study Bible
Cast Your Bread upon the Waters
1Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days. 2Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.…
Cross References
Matthew 10:42
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward."

Galatians 6:9
Let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.

Hebrews 6:10
God not is unjust. He will not forget your work and the love you have shown for His name as you have ministered to the saints and continue to do so.

Deuteronomy 15:10
"You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings.

2 Samuel 17:29
honey, curds, sheep, and cheese of the herd, for David and for the people who were with him, to eat; for they said, "The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness."

Proverbs 19:17
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.

Isaiah 32:20
How blessed will you be, you who sow beside all waters, Who let out freely the ox and the donkey.
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