Cast: That is, says Bp. Lowth, "Sow thy seed or corn on the face of the waters;" in plain terms, sow without any hope of a harvest: do good even to them on whom your benefactions seem thrown away. Dr. Jebb has well illustrated it by the following passages: Vain are the favours done to vicious men;
Not vainer tis to sow the foaming deep.
The deep no pleasant harvest shall afford
Nor will the wicked ever make return. "To befriend the wicked is like sowing in the sea.
These, indeed, invert this precept;
Nor is it extraordinary that they should. "The one, frail human power alone produced,
The other, God."
thy bread: Deu 15:7-11, Pro 11:24, Pro 11:25, Pro 22:9, Isa 32:8
waters: Heb. face of the waters, Isa 32:20
for: Ecc 11:6, Deu 15:10, Psa 41:1, Psa 41:2, Psa 126:5, Psa 126:6, Pro 11:18, Pro 19:17, Mat 10:13, Mat 10:42, Mat 25:40, Luk 14:14, 2Co 9:6, Gal 6:8-10, Heb 6:10
Reciprocal: Lev 19:25 - General 1Sa 25:11 - give it 2Sa 17:29 - The people 2Ch 18:14 - Go ye up Psa 112:9 - dispersed Pro 3:10 - General Pro 13:7 - that maketh himself poor Pro 14:21 - he that hath Pro 31:20 - she reacheth Ecc 3:6 - and a time to cast Isa 58:7 - to deal Eze 18:16 - but hath Mat 5:42 - General Mat 25:17 - he also Mat 25:35 - I was an Luk 6:38 - and it Luk 11:41 - rather Luk 16:9 - Make Act 2:45 - parted Act 11:29 - to send Rom 12:8 - giveth 1Ti 6:18 - ready