111 Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return.

Other Translations of Ecclesiastes 11:1

King James Version

111 Cast thy bread upon upon...: Heb. upon the face of the waters the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

English Standard Version

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

The Message

111 e generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns.

New King James Version

111 Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days.

New Living Translation

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

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 11:1

Commentary on Ecclesiastes 11:1-6

(Read Ecclesiastes 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, Galatians 6:9.