New Defender's Study Bible Notes
11:1 bread upon the waters. The Hebrew word for “bread” could also be used for the “grain” from which bread is made. The metaphor is that of spreading spiritual seed far and wide, trusting eventually to find its fruit in redeemed lives.
11:5 how the bones do grow. The marvelous process of human sexual reproduction, embryonic growth and birth is still far beyond human understanding. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14-16).
11:5 God who maketh all. It is presumptuous for evolutionists to teach that the human spirit and the human body can be explained naturalistically. Only the omnipotent, omniscient Creator could produce such wonders.
11:6 sow thy seed. This is the same message as in Ecclesiastes 11:1. Spiritual seed (“the word of God”—Luke 8:11) should not only be sown far and wide, but also in both morning and evening. Then it is “God that giveth the increase” (I Corinthians 3:7).
11:9 days of thy youth. Compare Ecclesiastes 12:1. It is natural and proper for young people to enjoy their youthful years, but they should always do so in ways pleasing to God, for He will eventually bring their complete record to the judgment bar.