Ecclesiastes

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Ecclesiastes
Chapter 11

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1 Cast thy bread vpon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many dayes.

2 Giue a portion to seuen and also to eight; for thou knowest noc what euill shall be vpon the earth.

3 If the clouds be full of raine, they emptie themselues vpon 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 He that obserueth the wind, shall not sow: and hee that regardeth the clouds, shall not reape.

5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones doe growe in the wombe of her that is with child: euen so thou knowest not the workes of God who maketh all.

6 In the morning sowe thy seede, and in the euening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.

7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing is it for the eyes to behold the sunne.

8 But if a man liue many yeeres, and reioyce in them all; yet let him remember the dayes of darkenesse, for they shall be many. All that commeth is vanitie.

9 Reioyce, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheere thee in the dayes of thy youth, and walke in the wayes of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things, God will bring thee into iudgement.

10 Therefore remoue sorrow from thy heart, and put away euill from thy flesh; for child-hood & youth are vanitie.

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Commentary for Ecclesiastes 11

Exhortation to liberality. (1-6) An admonition to prepare for death, and to young persons to be religious. (7-10)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|.

7-10 Life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portion in this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time of preparation for a better; it is sweet to all. Here is a caution to think of death, even when life is most sweet. Solomon makes an effecting address to young persons. They would desire opportunity to pursue every pleasure. Then follow your desires, but be assured that God will call you into judgment. How many give loose to every appetite, and rush into every vicious pleasure! But God registers every one of their sinful thoughts and desires, their idle words and wicked words. If they would avoid remorse and terror, if they would have hope and comfort on a dying bed, if they would escape misery here and hereafter, let them remember the vanity of youthful pleasures. That Solomon means to condemn the pleasures of sin is evident. His object is to draw the young to purer and more lasting joys. This is not the language of one grudging youthful pleasures, because he can no longer partake of them; but of one who has, by a miracle of mercy, been brought back in safety. He would persuade the young from trying a course whence so few return. If the young would live a life of true happiness, if they would secure happiness hereafter, let them remember their Creator in the days of their youth.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Ecclesiastes 11

  • Alphonse Anders
    How many days are many days in Ecclesiastes 11:1
  • BSP
    Verse 1~When we first give of ourselves we may not see the immediate results or experience immediate gratitude from others. If we continue to be generous, we will experience the help we need from others when we are in need.
  • Noel JB
    Verse 1:Many times we sow the seeds through normal church divine service , family worship , on the Radio station , TV station , in large evangelism , during visits in the Correctional Centers , Hospitals and other places and expecting the hearers to be converted quickly but our expectations are wrong , the holy spirit got the message into hearers heart and after many days they will come and join
  • BSP
    Verse 6 shows that we should sow our seeds in different places when it comes to the ministry. We can't make the seeds grow, but we can do our part by planting them in as many places as possible.
  • Irene123
    V.1 - refers to 'bread', the word of the Lord, i.e. prayer and 'witnessing'. Your bread will return to you in souls turning to the Lord. Jesus does want us to materially help others, but Matt. 6:33 goes right along with Eccl. 11:1. Many times though, the material need has to come first.
  • Mike
    Verse 1 tells us "cast your bread on the waters" this is helping us to see how we should practice wholehearted generosity

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