cast (one's) 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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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.

cast your bread upon the waters

LITERARY
If you cast your bread upon the waters, you do something good or take a risk, usually without expecting very much in return. You should make time to offer assistance to anyone who needs it. It's a case of casting your bread upon the waters — who knows how the favour will be repaid? Note: This is from the Bible: `Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.' (Ecclesiastes 11:1)
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

cast your bread upon the waters

do good without expecting gratitude or immediate reward.
This expression comes from Ecclesiastes 11:1: ‘Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days’.
See also: bread, cast, upon, water
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cast one's bread upon the waters, to

To invest one’s time, money, or effort without expecting an immediate return or reward. The term comes from the Book of Ecclesiastes (11:1)—“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days”—urging the congregation to give generously, for one day they would indeed be rewarded. A more modern example is, “Cast your bread upon the waters and it will come back to you—buttered” (Elbert Hubbard, Book of Epigrams, 1911).
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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