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Ecclesiastes 11:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Give a portion to seven, yea, even unto eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Give a portion to seven, yea even to eight,—for thou canst not know, what there shall be of misfortune, upon the earth.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Give a portion to seven, and even to eight, For thou knowest not what evil is on the earth.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Give a portion to seven, and also to eight: for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Giue a portion to seuen and also to eight; for thou knowest noc what euill shall be vpon the earth.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil there shall be upon the earth.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Give 5414
{5414} Prime
נָתַן
nathan
{naw-than'}
A primitive root; to give, used with great latitude of application (put, make, etc.).
z8798
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
a portion 2506
{2506} Prime
חֵלֶק
cheleq
{khay'-lek}
From H2505; properly smoothness (of the tongue); also an allotment.
to seven, 7651
{7651} Prime
שֶׁבַע
sheba`
{sheh'-bah}
From H7650; a primitive cardinal number; seven (as the sacred full one); also (adverbially) seven times; by implication a week; by extension an indefinite number.
and also x1571
(1571) Complement
גַּם
gam
{gam}
By contraction from an unused root meaning to gather; properly assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correlation both... and.
to eight; 8083
{8083} Prime
שְׁמֹנֶה
sh@moneh
{shem-o-neh'}
Apparently from H8082 through the idea of plumpness; a cardinal number, eight (as if a surplus above the 'perfect' seven); also (as ordinal) eighth.
for x3588
(3588) Complement
כִּי
kiy
{kee}
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
thou knowest 3045
{3045} Prime
ידע
yada`
{yaw-dah'}
A primitive root; to know (properly to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively instruction, designation, punishment, etc.).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
not x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
what x4100
(4100) Complement
מָּה
mah
{maw}
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
evil 7451
{7451} Prime
רָע
ra`
{rah}
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
shall be x1961
(1961) Complement
הָיָה
hayah
{haw-yaw'}
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
upon x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
the earth. 776
{0776} Prime
אֶרֶץ
'erets
{eh'-rets}
From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ecclesiastes 11:2

_ _ portion — of thy bread.

_ _ seven — the perfect number.

_ _ eight — even to more than seven; that is, “to many” (so “waters,” Ecclesiastes 11:1), nay, even to very many in need (Job 5:19; Micah 5:5).

_ _ evil — The day may be near, when you will need the help of those whom you have bound to you by kindnesses (Luke 16:9). The very argument which covetous men use against liberality (namely, that bad times may come), the wise man uses for it.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ecclesiastes 11:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ecclesiastes 11:2

Give — A part of thy estate or provisions. He alludes to the ancient custom, whereby the master of the feast distributed several parts to each guest, and withal sent portions to the poor. To eight — To as many as thou art able. For — Great calamities may come whereby thou mayest be brought to poverty, and so disabled from doing good.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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a portion:

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for [this] day [is] holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Esther 9:19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the fourteenth day of the month Adar [a day of] gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one to another.
Esther 9:22 As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.
Psalms 112:9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
Luke 6:30-35 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask [them] not again. ... But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil.
1 Timothy 6:18-19 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; ... Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

seven:

Job 5:19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
Proverbs 6:16 These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him:
Micah 5:5 And this [man] shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
Matthew 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

for:

Daniel 4:27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.
Acts 11:28-30 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. ... Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Hebrews 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; [and] them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
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Ne 8:10. Es 9:19, 22. Jb 5:19. Ps 112:9. Pv 6:16. Dn 4:27. Mi 5:5. Mt 18:22. Lk 6:30; 17:4. Ac 11:28. Ga 6:1. Ep 5:16. 1Ti 6:18. He 13:3.

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