Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown
clouds—answering to "evil" (Ecclesiastes 11:2), meaning, When the times of evil are fully ripe, evil must come; and speculations about it beforehand, so as to prevent one sowing seed of liberality, are vain (Ecclesiastes 11:4).
tree—Once the storm uproots it, it lies either northward or southward, according as it fell. So man's character is unchangeable, whether for hell or heaven, once that death overtakes him (Revelation 22:11, Revelation 22:14-15). Now is his time for liberality, before the evil days come (Ecclesiastes 12:1).
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