Posted by ESC on August 28, 2002
In Reply to: Origin of Ecclesiastes 11:1 posted by Woodchuck on August 28, 2002
: : What is the origin of the phrase, "cast your bread/food upon the waters" as found in Ecclesiastes 11:1?
: Your question was so daunting it made me choke on my Diet Pepsi. I've provided a link to the origins of Ecclesiastes as researched by Cecil Adams' Straight Dope staff, but I think you will find that if Ecclesiastes was not the first usage any pre-biblical source of the phrase has likely been lost to time.
It seems to me we addressed the meaning of the phrase here recently. But I couldn't find it.