cast your bread upon the waters
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 your bread upon the watersLITERARY
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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cast your bread upon the watersdo 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’.
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