New Living Translation
Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you.
King James Bible
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
Darby 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.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
11:1 The waters - Freely and liberally bestow it upon the waters; upon those poor creatures, on whom it may seem to be as utterly lost, as the seed which a man casts into the sea or river. Find it - It shall certainly be restored to thee, either by God or men. This is added to prevent an objection, and to quicken us to the duty enjoyned. After - The return may be slow, but it is sure, and will be so much the more plentiful.
Twice during Solomon's reign the Lord had appeared to him with words of approval and counsel--in the night vision at Gibeon, when the promise of wisdom, riches, and honor was accompanied by an admonition to remain humble and obedient; and after the dedication of the temple, when once more the Lord exhorted him to faithfulness. Plain were the admonitions, wonderful the promises, given to Solomon; yet of him who in circumstances, in character, and in life seemed abundantly fitted to heed the charge …
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings
Jesus Attends the First Passover of his Ministry.
How those are to be Admonished who Decline the Office of Preaching Out of Too Great Humility, and those who Seize on it with Precipitate Haste.
Jeremiah, a Lesson for the Disappointed.
And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded."
So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.
For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.
Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do.
2 Samuel 17:29
honey, butter, sheep, goats, and cheese for David and those who were with him. For they said, "You must all be very hungry and tired and thirsty after your long march through the wilderness."
If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD--and he will repay you!
the LORD will greatly bless his people. Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up. Their cattle and donkeys will graze freely.
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