Ecclesiastes 5:13
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New International Version
I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners,

King James Bible
There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.

Darby Bible Translation
There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt;

World English Bible
There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his harm.

Young's Literal Translation
There is a painful evil I have seen under the sun: wealth kept for its possessor, for his evil.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt - This may be the case through various causes:

1. He may make an improper use of them, and lose his health by them.

2. He may join in an unfortunate partnership and lose all.

3. His riches may excite the desire of the robber; and he may spoil him of his goods, and even take away his life.

4. Or, he may leave them to his son, who turns profligate; spends the whole, and ruins both his body and soul. I have seen this again and again.

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Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yes, he has neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labor...

Ecclesiastes 6:1,2 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men...


Ecclesiastes 8:9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun...

Genesis 13:5-11 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents...

Genesis 14:16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

Genesis 19:14,26,31 And Lot went out, and spoke to his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place...

Proverbs 1:11-13,19,32 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privately for the innocent without cause...

Proverbs 11:4,24,25 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivers from death...

Isaiah 2:20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship...

Isaiah 32:6-8 For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD...

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath...

Luke 12:16-21 And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully...

Luke 16:1-13,19,22,23 And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward...

Luke 18:22,23 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one thing: sell all that you have, and distribute to the poor...

Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor...

1 Timothy 6:9,10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts...

James 2:5-7 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith...

James 5:1-4 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you...

Naked or Clothed?
'As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.'--ECCLES. v. 15. '... Their works do follow them.'--REV. xiv. 13. It is to be observed that these two sharply contrasted texts do not refer to the same persons. The former is spoken of a rich worldling, the latter of 'the dead who die in the Lord.' The unrelieved gloom of the one is as a dark background against which the triumphant assurance of
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

i. editions of chrysostom's works. S. Joannis Chrysostomi, archiepiscopi Constantinopolitani, Opera omnia quæ exstant vel quæ ejus nomine circumferuntur, ad mss. codices Gallicos, Vaticanos, Anglicos, Germanicosque castigata, etc. Opera et studio D.Bernardi de Montfaucon, monachi ordinis S. Benedicti e congregatione S. Mauri, opem ferentibus aliis ex codem sodalitio, monachis. Greek and Latin, Paris, 1718-'38, in 13 vols., fol. This is the best edition, and the result of about twenty
St. Chrysostom—On the Priesthood

It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Job 20:20
"Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.

Ecclesiastes 5:14
or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when they have children there is nothing left for them to inherit.

Ecclesiastes 6:1
I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on mankind:

Ecclesiastes 6:2
God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them, and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.

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