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Here is a terrible thing that I have seen in this world: people save up their money for a time when they may need it,
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There is also another grievous evil, which I have seen under the sun: riches kept to the hurt of the owner.
Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is but one, and he hath not a second, no child, no brother, and yet he ceaseth not to labour, neither are his eyes satisfied with riches, neither doth he reflect, saying: For whom do I labour, and defraud my soul of good things? in this also is vanity, and a grievous vexation.
Ecclesiastes 6:1,2 There is also another evil, which I have seen under the sun, and that frequent among men: . . .
Ecclesiastes 8:9 All these things I have considered, and applied my heart to all the works that are done under the sun. Sometimes one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.
Genesis 13:5-11 But Lot also, who was with Abram, had flocks of sheep, and herds of beasts, and tents. . . .
Genesis 14:16 And he brought back all the substance, and Lot his brother, with his substance, the women also, and the people.
Genesis 19:14,26,31 So Lot went out, and spoke to his sons in law that were to have his daughters, and said: Arise: get you out of this place, because the Lord will destroy this city. And he seemed to them to speak as it were in jest. . . .
Proverbs 1:11-13,19,32 Let us swallow him up alive like hell, and whole as one that goeth down into the pit. . . .
Proverbs 11:4,24,25 The justice of the upright shall make his way prosperous: and the wicked man shall fall by his own wickedness. . . .
Isaiah 2:20 In that day a man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which he had made for himself to adore, moles and bats.
Isaiah 32:6-8 For the fool will speak foolish things, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and speak to the Lord deceitfully, and to make empty the soul of the hungry, and take away drink from the thirsty. . . .
Zephaniah 1:18 Neither shall their silver and their gold be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord: all the land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy destruction of all them that dwell in the land.
Luke 12:16-21 And he spoke a similitude to them, saying: The land of a certain rich man brought forth plenty of fruits. . . .
Luke 16:1-13,19,22,23 And he said also to his disciples: There was a certain rich man who had a steward: and the same was accused unto him, that he had wasted his goods. . . .
Luke 18:22,23 Which when Jesus had heard, he said to him: Yet one thing is wanting to thee. Sell all whatever thou hast and give to the poor: and thou shalt have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me. . . .
Luke 19:8 But Zacheus standing, said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wronged any man of any thing, I restore him fourfold.
1 Timothy 6:9,10 For they that will become rich fall into temptation and into the snare of the devil and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition. . . .
James 2:5-7 Hearken, my dearest brethren: Hath not God chosen the poor in this world, rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which God hath promised to them that love him? . . .
James 5:1-4 Go to now, ye rich men: weep and howl in your miseries, which shall come upon you. . . .
ContextThe Futility of Wealth
…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. 13There is also another grievous evil, which I have seen under the sun: riches kept to the hurt of the owner.14For they are lost with very great affliction: he hath begotten a son, who shall be in extremity of want.…
And yet his belly was not filled: and when he hath the things he coveted, he shall not be able to possess them.
For they are lost with very great affliction: he hath begotten a son, who shall be in extremity of want.
There is also another evil, which I have seen under the sun, and that frequent among men:
A man to whom God hath given riches, and substance, and honour, and his soul wanteth nothing of all that he desireth: yet God doth not give him power to eat thereof, but a stranger shall eat it up. This is vanity and a great misery.
Additional TranslationsThere is a grievous evil I have seen under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner,There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.
There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun, namely , riches kept by the owner thereof to his hurt:
There is an infirmity which I have seen under the sun, namely, wealth kept for its owner to his hurt.
There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt;
There is a grievous evil, which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept by the owner thereof to his hurt:
There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners of them to their hurt.
There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his harm.
There is a painful evil I have seen under the sun: wealth kept for its possessor, for his evil.
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