Cast your bread


In The Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 11 Verses l to 2 expresses:
Cast your bread upon the waters;
after a long time you may find it again.
Make seven or eight portions;
Please explain.



From the Haydock Commentary:

"Ver. 1. Waters. Sow thy seed where it may produce a good crop. (Calmet) — Be charitable to all, Luke vi. 30. Indiscrete faciendum bene. (St. Jerome) — Assist those in distress, (Calmet) even though they may be ungrateful, or unable to make a return, Luke xiv. 12. (Tirinus) — In this third part we are exhorted to serve God with perseverance. Of all virtues, the works of mercy avail most, Matthew xxv. (Worthington)

Ver. 2. Eight. To as many as thou art able, (Calmet) especially to those who are of the household of faith, (Galatians vi. 10.; Haydock) whether under the old or the new Testament, signified by the numbers, seven and eight. (Worthington) (St. Jerome) — Mandatum accipis octo illis partem dare, fortasse benedictionibus, (St. Ambrose in Luke vi. n. 49.) which intimates, that we must apply ourselves to the pursuit of all virtues, as the number eight denotes perfection. (Calmet)


Eight is perfection? I thought that was seven?


Some times you can foolishly give to those who build on the sand, or you can help those who are not going to build any foundation and bypass that steward of God who is lacking either workers or finances, and who desperately needs your help.
So the reference to Galatians 6:10 is important directorate about discretion in charity
''Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. ‘’


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