11:1 Cast thy bread upon the a waters: for thou shalt find it
after many days.
(a) That is, be liberal to the poor, and though it seems to
be as a thing ventured on the sea, yet it will bring
11:3 If the b clouds are full of rain, they empty [themselves]
upon the earth: and if the c tree falleth toward the
south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree
falleth, there it shall be.
(b) As the clouds that are full pour out rain, so the rich
that have abundance must distribute it liberally.
(c) He exhorts to be liberal while we live: for after,
there is no power.
11:4 He that observeth the d wind shall not sow; and he that
regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
(d) He who fears inconveniences when need requires will
never do his duty.
11:6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening e
withhold not thy hand: for thou knowest not which shall
prosper, either this or f that, or whether they both
[shall be] alike good.
(e) Be not weary of well doing.
(f) That is, which of your works are most agreeable to God.
11:8 But if a man shall live many years, [and] rejoice in them
all; yet let him remember the days of g darkness; for
they shall be many. All that cometh [is] vanity.
(g) That is, of affliction and trouble.
11:9h Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart
cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways
of thy heart, and in the sight of thy eyes: but know thou,
that for all these [things] God will bring thee into
(h) He derides them who set their desire in worldly
pleasures as though God would not call count.
11:10 Therefore remove i sorrow from thy heart, and k put
away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth [are]
(i) That is, anger and envy.
(k) Meaning, carnal lusts to which youth is given.