Ecclesiastes 5:11
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New International Version
As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them?

New Living Translation
The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth--except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers!

English Standard Version
When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes?

New American Standard Bible
When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on?

King James Bible
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?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When good things increase, the ones who consume them multiply; what, then, is the profit to the owner, except to gaze at them with his eyes?

International Standard Version
When possessions increase, so does the number of consumers; therefore what good are they to their owners, except to look at them?

NET Bible
When someone's prosperity increases, those who consume it also increase; so what does its owner gain, except that he gets to see it with his eyes?

New Heart English Bible
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?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As the number of goods increase, so do the number of people who consume them. What do owners gain [from all their goods] except [the opportunity] to look at them?

JPS Tanakh 1917
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?

New American Standard 1977
When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on?

Jubilee Bible 2000
When goods increase, those that eat them are increased; and what good is there to the owners thereof, except the beholding of them with their eyes?

King James 2000 Bible
When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: so what good is there to the owners, except the beholding of them with their eyes?

American King James Version
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?

American Standard Version
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?

Douay-Rheims Bible
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?

Darby Bible Translation
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?

English Revised Version
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?

Webster's Bible Translation
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?

World English Bible
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?

Young's Literal Translation
In the multiplying of good have its consumers been multiplied, and what benefit is to its possessor except the sight of his eyes?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:9-17 The goodness of Providence is more equally distributed than appears to a careless observer. The king needs the common things of life, and the poor share them; they relish their morsel better than he does his luxuries. There are bodily desires which silver itself will not satisfy, much less will worldly abundance satisfy spiritual desires. The more men have, the better house they must keep, the more servants they must employ, the more guests they must entertain, and the more they will have hanging on them. The sleep of the labourer is sweet, not only because he is tired, but because he has little care to break his sleep. The sleep of the diligent Christian, and his long sleep, are sweet; having spent himself and his time in the service of God, he can cheerfully repose in God as his Rest. But those who have every thing else, often fail to secure a good night's sleep; their abundance breaks their rest. Riches do hurt, and draw away the heart from God and duty. Men do hurt with their riches, not only gratifying their own lusts, but oppressing others, and dealing hardly with them. They will see that they have laboured for the wind, when, at death, they find the profit of their labour is all gone like the wind, they know not whither. How ill the covetous worldling bears the calamities of human life! He does not sorrow to repentance, but is angry at the providence of God, angry at all about him; which doubles his affliction.
Study Bible
Wealth is Meaningless
10He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity. 11When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on? 12The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 2:9
Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me.

Ecclesiastes 5:12
The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.
Treasury of Scripture

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?

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Genesis 12:16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, …

Genesis 13:2,5-7 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold…

1 Kings 4:22,23 And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, …

1 Kings 5:13-16 And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was …

Nehemiah 5:17,18 Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers…

Psalm 119:36,37 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to covetousness…

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Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: …

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you …

Joshua 7:21-25 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two …

Proverbs 23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly …

Jeremiah 17:11 As the partridge sits on eggs, and hatches them not; so he that gets …

Habakkuk 2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor …

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust …

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