Ecclesiastes 11:2
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New American Standard Bible
Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.

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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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

The verse means: "Let your hospitality and your alms be extensive: for you know not what reverses may befall either that person who by your liberality will be strengthened to meet them, or yourself who may come to need grateful friends." Compare Luke 16:9.

Seven, and also to eight - A definite number for an indefinite (compare marginal reference).

Ecclesiastes 11:2 Parallel Commentaries

Library
Of Confession and Self-Examination
Of Confession and Self-examination Self-examination should always precede Confession, and in the nature and manner of it should be conformable to the state of the soul: the business of those that are advanced to the degree of which we now treat, is to lay their whole souls open before God, who will not fail to enlighten them, and enable them to see the peculiar nature of their faults. This examination, however, should be peaceful and tranquil, and we should depend on God for the discovery and knowledge
Madame Guyon—A Short and Easy Method of Prayer

How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 16.) Differently to be admonished are the slothful and the hasty. For the former are to be persuaded not to lose, by putting it off, the good they have to do; but the latter are to be admonished lest, while they forestall the time of good deeds by inconsiderate haste, they change their meritorious character. To the slothful therefore it is to be intimated, that often, when we will not do at the right time what we can, before long, when we will, we cannot. For the very indolence of
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

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

Luke 6:30
"Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.

1 Timothy 6:18
Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,

1 Timothy 6:19
storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

Psalm 112:9
He has given freely to the poor, His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor.

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

Ecclesiastes 11:3
If the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth; and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it lies.

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