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Fuller.). I. This the author admonishes us to secure by benevolence, and by putting completely away that covetous narrow-heartedness, which, in times of distress, so easily creeps into the heart. But the thing, to take to heart is this: that it appears in these greater ways, because it is in common fire in all sorts of lesser things. Empty Life--1 1-3.docx Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 In this book, the Preacher (Solomon), the wisest, richest most influential king in Israel’s history. With the design and scope of the place, which is to persuade men to be liberal and charitable, notwithstanding the discouragements which they meet with in so doing, of which see the next clause, and the next verse. He sowed the bread of heaven on dark waters So softly that history hardly noticed Him or His sowing. either by the river’s side, or in moist and waterish grounds, which usually are very fruitful. We cannot but have seen, times without number, what depraved habits are contracted by the children of the poor when playing about the streets or lanes of a town without control. Our generosity may not be immediately rewarded, in fact, we might not be rewarded for decades or our reward might simply be in the next life (Matthew 6:19-20). How hast thou merited this? Cast thy bread upon the waters— Cast thy corn before the waters, for thou shalt find it, &c. Desvoex observes, the true design of this verse is so plainly pointed out by the context, that interpreters could not avoid seeing that it is an exhortation to benevolence and liberality; yet few of them understood the letter of the metaphor wherein that exhortation is in a manner wrapped up; and the Chaldee paraphrast would not even allow it to be a metaphor; but, through a very extraordinary synecdoche, made the surface of the water to mean poor sailors, whose ships sail on that surface. What then? 3. When the waters receded, the grain in the alluvial soil sprang up (Isaiah 32:20). That with which we do good must be our own. It is a call to unappreciated work. It were indeed a most erroneous impression. Waddey, a very dependable and discerning scholar stresses this.[11]. III. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. It is a conclusive denial of the hopelessness of earlier sayings in the book. The winds of circumstance may float and scatter the thistledown of sin; but the hand of intelligence and piety must sow the seed of truth. Ecclesiastes 11:1 Context. I wish to direct your attention to some of the important objects which the text places before us. None but persons of very enlarged minds could ever have devised such means of benefiting the poor. III. [12] This is Barton's rendition of Ecclesiastes 11:4. p. 155. “Work while it is called to-day;” sow ideas, sow truths, sow thoughts suggested by God’s own Spirit, whose blossoms will soon “make the wilderness rejoice, and solitary places glad.”. 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. — This metaphor is to be explained from the form of eastern loaves, which from all time have been thin and flat, and float off like shingles on a stream. [Note: Ibid, p1189. But Solomon seems to be saying, don"t let the possibility of hard times or an uncertain future keep you from being generous. When the waters receded, the grain in the alluvial soil sprang up (Isaiah 32:20). That the word translated “bread” is sometimes used in the sense of seed corn, see Isaiah 28:28; Isaiah 30:23; Psalms 104:14. After — The return may be slow, but it is sure, and will be so much the more plentiful. No one can pretend to be an infallible reader of char-actor. It was a saying of Cromwell’s that “he goes furthest who knows not where he is going.” It is not business-like to know not whither you are going, and he is not likely to go far who should enter upon business in that fashion. Eastern bread has for the most part the form of cakes, and is thin (especially as is prepared hastily for guests, ... Gen. xviii6, xix3); so that when thrown into the water, it remains on the surface (like a chip of wood, Hos. C. J. Vaughan, Harrow Sermons, 2nd series, p. 509. to “give a portion to seven, and also to eight!” to sow our seed “in the morning and in the evening”! It is often thus in families--the careless, undutiful children turning out the parents’ strength and joy. Solomon reverts to the sentiment (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Let your comfort be in every time of hope deferred the animating and stirring exhortation on which we have dwelt: "Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days." A good thing done 3,000 years ago works now, and will work through all endless times and years.” No good effort has ever been lost, or ever can be. Or, thy bread (i.e. "Waters" express multitudes; so Ecclesiastes 11:2; Revelation 17:15; also the seemingly hopeless character of the recipients of the charity; but it shall prove at last to have been not thrown away (Isaiah 49:4). X:7), and is carried away by the stream." 1. The “bread” passes from sight and reach swiftly, and apparently beyond recovery, like our hard tack not soaking and falling apart readily, and may be sometimes recovered far down the stream. Into this box or basket, if thou cast but bread (so it be thy bread), brown bread, such as thou hast, and then wait for the Lord, when he will return from the wedding with a full hand, thou shalt be fed supernae mensae copiosis deliciis, as one saith, with the abundant dainties of the heavenly table. 2. 12. No matter which direction a tree falls, it will lie where it fell. Get on with the job, no matter what objections might be raised against it! But in the spiritual realm it is different. ), There can be nothing clearer from the Bible than that, though man can deserve nothing from the Creator, so that his best actions, if tried by their own worth, would procure him only wrath, nevertheless he will be tried by his works, and receive a recompense of which those works shall determine the extent. 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. Cultivate as much as possible your thinking powers. II. or who shall say, What benefit shall, in a course of years, arise to the whole community from such institutions as these, if they be generally established and well supported? It shuts up some of the finest feelings of which we are capable. This is added to prevent an objection, and to quicken us to the duty enjoined. ‘Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.’. There are certainties and uncertainties in reference to God. For, if I mistake not, the marvellous advances of our age, the quickening of the whole speed of life, have had this effect--to produce a sort of eager impatience and eagerness for the utmost immediate results, a remorseless sort of draining of the present of everything that can be got out of it. In view of all that. These are some of the conspicuous ways in which the hand-to-mouth spirit of the time is shown. . And though it is but too probable that they may afterwards lose the impressions which are then made upon their minds, yet they can never forget the general idea, that it was well with them when they were so disciplined and so instructed. But I must say, that, if you cast your seed upon these waters, you shall find it again, in very abundant benefits conferred on all the poorer classes of society—. 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! 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. "Thou shalt find it;" therefore you may be at first inclined to think it lost. II. It may well be spoken humbly, cautiously, reluctantly, gently; if not, it will lose its influence, and will be wrong in you. It may not reappear in the earthly lifetime of the sower, but, as an unseen spirit, he may watch it spring from age to age. 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. Shining through many natural disqualifications for teaching, love will enlighten and enchant. When every practicable security has been taken charitable help and spiritual service will still be attended with much uncertainty. I. This prepares us for the precept next following. If they are successful their sons will hardly need any business! That which has separated man from God has also separated man from man. It is a seed that will germinate, multiply. We are dying, and the world is dying around us! It is true that “Bread cast upon the waters will be found after many days”: but these words contain no assurance that it will be found on earth. ‘How imprudent, how absolutely reckless! 2. If the husbandman would have increase he must sow again in faith, and commit himself to a watchful Providence. Yea, it will add to our joy hereafter, else it could not be called “laying up treasure in heaven.”. The impending ills that threaten us. The sense of these words is either. 1. or, "Send your grain overseas"!? Bread in לח is the designation of the means of making a living or gain, and bread in תּמצאנּוּ the designation of the gain (cf. The duty recommended. 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? Verse 1 Cast thy bread upon the waters - An allusion to the sowing of rice; which was sown upon muddy ground, or ground covered with water, and trodden in by the feet of cattle: it thus took root, and grew, and was found after many days in a plentiful harvest. If one casts one's bread oil the water in the usual external sense, it may very easily itself become water should the ship perish; it is in fact but a mere experiment: but when we cast our bread on the water in the spiritual sense, a return is certain; that which we have staked is sure to come back again, even though after a long season. (Tirinus) --- In this third part we are exhorted to serve God with perseverance. 2. (as the seed does, which a man casts upon the waters,) through their unthankfulness or inability to make thee any returns: yet, thou shalt find it — It shall be restored to thee, either by God or men, more certainly than the rice or other seed corn, cast upon the marshy or watery ground, produces fruit in due season: after many days — The return may be slow, but it is sure, and will be so much the more plentiful the longer it is delayed. But to cast one's bread upon the surface of the waters, where it must be either devoured by the fish, or diluted to nothing, before the waves leave it upon the shore, would be a very odd way of providing for futurity; and I doubt whether one who would try the experiment could find his bread again after many days. If clouds are full of water, they pour rain upon the earth. In all His work there was an utter absence of theatricality and advertisement. What is the measure of a scholar's blindness who will read the word "Give," here as, "Invest your money"? A second reference in the charge is to the sowing: “cast” the seed. My friend, you have got to sow in faith, with a great prodigal generosity. 3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be. 4. Macaulay objected to school-prizes because the reward was too immediate. Give as the Lord hath prospered you, and leave another day or another year to take care for itself. 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. So work for the world’s good sometimes seems sadly unpromising; the giving of money, time, influence, feeling, seem only like ploughing the sands, throwing treasure into the sea. The text teaches the lesson of obedience to present duty and of patience as to the future result. Eastern bread has for the most part the form of cakes, and is thin (especially as is prepared hastily for guests, ... Gen. xviii6, xix3); so that when thrown into the water, it remains on the surface (like a chip of wood, Hos. Charity yields high returns. NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Romans, Comfort Print. It is in the realm of ideas, in fact, that the saying is most manifestly verified. A motive addressed to our prudence and foresight: “Thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.” This may apply, first, to ourselves. Let not She uncertainties connected with Providence tempt you either to indolence or to despondency. You cannot force moral vegetation. It is the glory of true religion that it inspires and inculcates a spirit of benevolence. (1) In this section the preacher is drawing to a close, and he brings out practical lessons very different from those which views of life like his have suggested to others. The secret of Dr. Arnold’s ascendency as a teacher was the love that charmed his pupils into friends. Solomon advises us to get moving because the good things God has to offer will not come to those who waiver (James 1:6-8). It is not best for our spiritual life that we should always get immediate returns for our labours. “Let thy bread go forth over the watery mirror: for in the course of many days shalt thou find it.” Most interpreters, chiefly the Talm., Midrash, and Targ., (Note: The Midrash tells the following story: Rabbi Akiba sees a ship wrecked which carried in it one learned in the law. The attempt to benefit others, even if it spring from a pure love to God, may utterly fail, as far as its professed objects are concerned; but it cannot fail to be beneficial to ourselves. We should aim to look to the right quarter for success. The scope of this verse is hypothetical, or of a supposed case. On celestial cliffs we shall hail argosies that we fitted out and sent over stormy seas. 1. An Aram. This line contains a noble principle, which admits of many applications; we shall select one, and apply it to the Christian instruction of the young. Every kind word, every unselfish act, every true prayer, tells, and tells deeply, abidingly. "It means to give a portion to seven yea, even unto eight. The text applies to all attempts which are made to benefit the immortal part of man. 3. Concord. 3. IV. But what is your duty? To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, "Give a portion to seven, yea, even unto eight, ...", "A wind-observer will not sow ... a cloud-watcher will not reap", "Thou knowest not what is the way of the wind, nor how the bones grow in the womb of her that is with child", "Thou knowest not which shall prosper ...". The apostles, in the midst of their great and Successful exertions, prophesied a fatal apostasy. Franz Delitzsch noted, during the 19th century, that, "Most interpreters regard this as an exhortation to charity";[2] and this writer is absolutely certain that the passage could not possibly mean anything else. This text is generally regarded as an exhortation to charity, in that restricted sense of the word in which it is equivalent to almsgiving. The noblest Christians are those who most markedly have in their patience won their souls. If there is one phase of traditional alms-giving which the modern spirit deprecates more than another, it is its indiscriminateness. 3. (St. Jerome) --- Assist those in distress, (Calmet) even though they may be ungrateful, or unable to make a return, Luke xiv. The first reason is taken from the quality of the seed (Ecclesiastes 11:6). This section begins in Ecclesiastes 11:1 and ends in 12:7. To instruct such infants would, to any common understanding, have appeared as hopeless a task as that of “casting bread upon the waters.” Yet experience has proved its vast utility; and shewn, that if such institutions were to prevail in every town, a most extensive benefit would be conferred on the whole community. He bids you trust in His guidance, even when He is unseen. Do good while you have it, in your power--by and by you may be unable. 1. What whale, he asked him, has vomited thee out upon dry land? Thou shalt "reap in due time, if thou faint not": slack not, withdraw not thy hand, as Ecclesiastes 11:6. There are certainties and uncertainties in reference to providence. St. Paul says, “Be not weary,” because he knows you will feel it,--“Be not weary in well doing; if you are weary keep on doing right; if you faint not, in the end you shall reap.” Lift up thy heart and do not faint. And the advice is given in light of the unpredictability of life… Business Advice 11:1 Cast [send] thy bread [grain] upon the … Similarly the Targ. Ecclesiastes 11 1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Possibly the application of the figure is not to be restricted to acts of beneficence; but the next verse may lead us to think that these are primarily intended, and to these especially the encouragement at the end of the verse applies; for in other cases this book gives a less cheerful view of the possible success of human plans. We are to do good liberally. It might be supposed that this would have operated to check their exertions. "[4] Why should this be called casting bread upon the waters? Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. We are to sow it--to sow it in faith--faith in the commission of Christ, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature”: faith in the promise of the Saviour, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world”: faith in the irreversible covenant, “Ask of Me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,” and all these dark, ferocious savages, all these unwholesome, inhospitable climes, yea, “and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”, 2. 3. (1-2) Working for a … You know what momentum is. "That which thou sowest is not quickened except it die." III. Inevitably remunerative. Put your money into a number of ventures; do not be too timid, do not be too cautious; use a large-hearted, statesmanlike breadth and liberality in your enterprise and in your activity, and in the end your bread will come back to you--it will come back in large and wide profit. Elmslie.). That instead of “into the water (the sea)” of these or similar proverbs, Koheleth uses here the expression, “on the face of ( על־פּני ) the waters,” makes no difference: Eastern bread has for the most part the form of cakes, and is thin (especially such as is prepared hastily for guests, 'ughoth or matstsoth, Genesis 18:6; Genesis 19:3); so that when thrown into the water, it remains on the surface (like a chip of wood, Hosea 10:7), and is carried away by the stream. So spare even of thy bread-corn to east upon the waters; “for thou shalt find it after many days.” Yes I we shall find it. "Cast"-"send forth, send away, let go" (TWOT p. 927). It is not certain you shall reap all you sow, but it is absolutely certain you cannot reap unless you sow. 1. (2) We should aim at the best way of teaching. (W. L. It is cast thy “bread”--cast of thy bread-corn, that which you might use for bread--cast that on the waters, spare even of that to sow for the days to come. 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. For the advancement of men’s mental improvement—, To this the same image is applied by the prophet Isaiah; who gives us this additional information, that persons, previous to their casting of their seed upon the waters, send forth their oxen and their asses to tread the ground with their feet, in order the better to prepare the earth for its reception: “Blessed are ye who sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass [Note: Isaiah 32:20. Man’s agency is subordinate. [What a relief is it to the mother to have her infants duly attended to through the day; whilst she, instead of having her hands tied by the care of them, is enabled to earn bread for their support! Let all endeavour to cultivate the ground. 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. The words פני על al peni, upon the faces, are often employed for לפני lipni, before the faces, to signify, in presence of, or over against; and the two phrases appear to be synonimous in that sense, by comparing Exodus 14:2 with Numbers 33:7. "We already catch a breath of the New Testament blowing through the first two verses, a hint of our Lord"s favorite paradox that "he who loves his life loses it", and that "the measure you give will be the measure you get" (John ; Matthew 7:2). Ne vous informez pas de leur reconnaissance -. that which you now possess may be taken from you: foes may consume it, floods may sweep it away, enemies may invade it, or internal changes may strip you of your all. 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. But even then it shall return. What an amount has been spent on that cause in the course of the ages! “Waters” express multitudes, so Ecclesiastes 11:2; Revelation 17:15; also the seemingly hopeless character of the recipients of the charity; but it shall prove at last to have been not thrown away (Isaiah 49:4). "After many days;" therefore you need not be strengthless with the chill of discouragement if it should not be found at once. The charge is, "Cast thy bread upon the waters." thy money or provisions, which are oft signified by the name of bread. A great many of us make another mistake. 2 Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. The widow, in giving her mite, which was all that she possessed, might be thought to have acted a very wild and extravagant part, especially when she gave it for a purpose to which it could bear no proportion, namely, the repairing of the temple: yet is that commended to us, by our Lord himself, as an example highly to be admired, and universally to be followed [Note: Mark 12:42-43.]. A. Surely every person ought to bear testimony to the worth and excellence of such designs; and to give them, the beat tribute of applause, their active concurrence, and their most liberal support. Fancy a farmer aa he goes across the field sowing corn, taking it out grain by grain, and saying, “I wonder whether this grain will be eaten up by a bird, whether this will rot in the ground; I do not know, and therefore I will not sow it.” That would be about as silly as to be always calculating whether the penny you put into the plate is going to convert a heathen, or whether that Bible is going to convert a sinner, or whether going to that meeting will do any definite good. As for the Macedonians, who were proposed as an example to the Corinthians, their generosity exceeded all belief: for when in great affliction, and in a state of deep poverty, they abounded unto the riches of liberality, and of their own selves, without any solicitation on the part of the Apostle, besought him with much entreaty to take upon him the distribution of their alms [Note: 2 Corinthians 8:1-4.]. Voltaire, in his Précis de l'Ecclésiaste en vers, also adopts this rendering: Repandez vos bien faits avec magnificence. His every act has propagating power in it. And when at the last those who have gladly spent and been spear in the service of God, and whose toils and sacrifices have never been sweetened by the knowledge that they were effectual in accomplishing the ends for which they were endured--when these men shall receive their portion from their Judge, there will be given the most effectual demonstration that “God is not unrighteous to forget their work of labour and love.” To every man will be allotted a recompense, to every sacrifice a compensation. He is ruled by principles, not by results. ]?”], [The good Samaritan shews us how we ought to exercise generosity, even towards those who, by reason of particular differences and distinctions, may appear to be most remote from us [Note: Luke 10:33-37.]. An uncertain receptacle. He bids you seek Him, and He assures you that in due time He will be found of you. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the … Hitzig's explanation: Throw thy bread into the water = venture thy hope, is forced; and of the same character are all the attempts to understand the word of agricultural pursuits; e.g., by van der Palm: sementem fac muxta aquas (or: in loca irrigua ); Grätz even translates: “Throw thy corn on the surface of the water,” and understands this, with the fancy of a Martial, of begetting children. There is a lesson here which is always needed, but which was never, perhaps, more needed than to-day. Ecclesiastes 11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. 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. I. And Jesus said that the giver even of a cup of cold water in His name should not be without his reward. NoldiusF16Ebr. The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called '(the) Qoheleth' ("the Teacher"), composed probably between 5th to 2nd century BCE. All men, whatever their creed, character, or conduct, have a social agency. Do not call it unevangelical, do not call it selfish. The quantity of good wrought by this or that agency is commonly amongst those secrets which only the future can unfold. From the uncertainty of the results of human effort, he infers that we ought the more diligently to make trial of varied forms of exertion, in order that this or that may succeed. What a benefit, too, is it to her elder daughter; who would otherwise have her time occupied in attending upon her younger brothers and sisters, and be thereby deprived of education for herself, whilst she was discharging that important office! ], I beg leave, then, to recommend to your support this important institution—. But, though slow, it will come. 2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. It probably refers to buying and selling. upon those poor creatures upon whom, by reason of their unthankfulness or inability to make any returns to thee, it may seem to be as utterly lost as the seed which a man casts into the sea or river. The tenor of all Scripture is in harmony with that. There is a certain scattering that brings increase, and there is a withholding more than is meet that tends to poverty. II. In fact, the risk of hard times (2b) could well be an argument for giving liberally while you can (Acts ; 2 Cor. 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