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The richer you are, the more mouths you have to feed. All you gain is the knowledge that you are rich.
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Where there are great riches, there are also many to eat them. And what doth it profit the owner, but that he seeth the riches with his eyes?
Genesis 12:16 And they used Abram well for her sake. And he had sheep and oxen and he asses, and men servants, and maid servants, and she asses, and camels.
Genesis 13:2,5-7 And he was very rich in possession of gold and silver. . . .
1 Kings 4:22,23 And the provision of Solomon, for each day, was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal; . . .
1 Kings 5:13-16 And king Solomon chose workmen out of all Israel, and the levy was of thirty thousand men. . . .
Nehemiah 5:17,18 The Jews also and the magistrates to the number of one hundred and fifty men, were at my table, besides them that came to us from among the nations that were round about us. . . .
Psalm 119:36,37 Incline my heart into thy testimonies and not to covetousness. . . .
Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better it is to see what thou mayst desire, than to desire that which thou canst not know. But this also is vanity, and presumption of spirit.
Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice therefore, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart be in that which is good in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thy eyes: and know that for all these God will bring thee into judgment.
Joshua 7:21-25 For I saw among the spoils a scarlet garment, exceeding good, and two hundred sicles of silver, and a golden rule of fifty sicles: and I coveted them, and I took them away, and hid them in the ground in the midst of my tent, and the silver I covered with the earth that I dug up. . . .
Proverbs 23:5 Lift not up thy eyes to riches which thou canst not have: because they shall make themselves wings like those of an eagle, and shall fly towards heaven.
Jeremiah 17:11 As the partridge hath hatched eggs which she did not lay: so is he that hath gathered riches, and not by right: in the midst of his days he shall leave them, and in his latter end he shall be a fool.
Habakkuk 2:13 Are not these things from the Lord of hosts? for the people shall labour in a great fire: and the nations in vain, and they shall faint.
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world is the concupiscence of the flesh and the concupiscence of the eyes and the pride of life, which is not of the Father but is of the world.
ContextThe Futility of Wealth
…10A covetous man shall not be satisfied with money: and he that loveth riches shall reap no fruit from them: so this also is vanity. 11Where there are great riches, there are also many to eat them. And what doth it profit the owner, but that he seeth the riches with his eyes?12Sleep is sweet to a labouring man, whether he eat little or much: but the fulness of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.…
Additional TranslationsWhen good things increase, so do those who consume them; what then is the profit to the owner, except to behold them with his eyes?When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?
When goods increase, they are increased that eat them; and what advantage is there to the owner thereof, save the beholding of them with his eyes?
In the multitude of good they are increased that eat it: and what virtue has the owner, but the right of beholding it with his eyes?
When goods increase, they are increased that eat them; and what profit is there to the owner thereof, except the beholding [of them] with his eyes?
When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what advantage is there to the owner thereof, saving the beholding of them with his eyes?
When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners of them, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?
When goods increase, those who eat them are increased; and what advantage is there to its owner, except to feast on them with his eyes?
In the multiplying of good have its consumers been multiplied, and what benefit is to its possessor except the sight of his eyes?
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