Cast bread upon the waters

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cast (one's) bread upon the waters

Do good deeds without being motivated by a potential reward. Maia left her high-powered accounting job to cast her bread upon the waters and care for her mother.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Cast one's bread upon the waters.

Prov. Act generous because you feel it is right and not because you expect a reward. (Biblical.) Joseph is casting his bread upon the waters, supporting Bob while he works on his novel Cast your bread upon the waters; make a generous contribution to our cause.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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