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,

New Living Translation
There is another serious problem I have seen under the sun. Hoarding riches harms the saver.

English Standard Version
There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt,

New American Standard Bible
There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt.

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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There is a sickening tragedy I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his harm.

International Standard Version
I have observed a painful tragedy on earth: Wealth hoarded by its owner harms him,

NET Bible
Here is a misfortune on earth that I have seen: Wealth hoarded by its owner to his own misery.

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There is a painful tragedy that I have seen under the sun: Riches lead to the downfall of those who hoard them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept by the owner thereof to his hurt;

New American Standard 1977
There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There is another sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt;

King James 2000 Bible
There is a great evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept by their owners to their hurt.

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

American Standard Version
There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun, namely , riches kept by the owner thereof to his hurt:

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is also another grievous evil, which I have seen under the sun: riches kept to the hurt of the owner.

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

English Revised Version
There is a grievous evil, which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept by the owner thereof to his hurt:

Webster's Bible Translation
There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners of them 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.
Study Bible
Wealth is Meaningless
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. 13There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt. 14When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing to support him.…
Cross References
Job 20:20
"Because he knew no quiet within him, He does not retain anything he desires.

Ecclesiastes 5:14
When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing to support him.

Ecclesiastes 6:1
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent among men--

Ecclesiastes 6:2
a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner enjoys them. This is vanity and a severe affliction.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yes, he has neither …

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

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Ecclesiastes 8:9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart to every work that is …

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 …

Genesis 19:14,26,31 And Lot went out, and spoke to his sons in law, which married his …

Proverbs 1:11-13,19,32 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk …

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 …

Isaiah 32:6-8 For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work …

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them …

Luke 12:16-21 And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich …

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

Luke 18:22,23 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one …

Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half …

1 Timothy 6:9,10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

James 2:5-7 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

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

(13) Sore evil.--Ecclesiastes 6:2; Jeremiah 14:17; Nahum 3:19.

Verses 13-17. - Another view of the evils attendant upon riches is here presented: the owner may lose them at a stroke, and leave nothing for his children. This thought is presented in different lights. Verse 13. - There is also a sore evil which I have seen under the sun (so ver. 16). The fact that follows is, of course, not universally true, but occasionally seen, and is a very bitter evil. The Septuagint calls it ἀῥῤωστία; the Vulgate, infirmitas. Riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt; rather, preserved by the possessor, hoarded and guarded, only to bring their lord added grief when by some reverse of fortune he loses them, as explained in what follows. There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun,.... Or "an evil sickness" (m). A sinful disease in the person with whom it is found, and very disagreeable to others to behold; it is enough to make one sick to see it; and what he is about to relate he himself was an eyewitness of:

namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt; laid up in barns and granaries, as the fruits of the earth; or in chests and coffers, as gold and silver, for the use and service of the owners of them; and which yet have been to their real injury; being either used by them in a luxurious and intemperate way, so have brought diseases on their bodies, and damnation to their souls; or not used at all for their own good, or the good of others, which brings the curse of God upon them, to their ruin and destruction, both here and hereafter: and oftentimes so it is, and which no doubt had fallen under the observation of Solomon, that some who have been great misers, and have hoarded up their substance, without using them themselves, or sharing them with others, have not only been plundered of them, but, for the sake of them, their lives have been taken away in a most barbarous manner, by cutthroats and villains; sometimes by their own servants, nay, even by their own children. Riches ill gotten and ill used are very prejudicial to the owners; and if they are well got, but ill used, or not used at all, greatly hurt the spiritual and eternal state of men; it is a difficult thing for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven, and a covetous man cannot; if a professor, the word he hears is choked and made unprofitable; he errs from the faith, and pierces himself through with many sorrows now, and is liable to eternal damnation hereafter. The Targum interprets it of a man that gathers riches, and does no good with them; but keeps them to himself, to do himself evil in the world to come.

(m) "morbus malus", Tigurine version, Vatablus. 13, 14. Proofs of God's judgments even in this world (Pr 11:31). The rich oppressor's wealth provokes enemies, robbers, etc. Then, after having kept it for an expected son, he loses it beforehand by misfortune ("by evil travail"), and the son is born to be heir of poverty. Ec 2:19, 23 gives another aspect of the same subject.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.
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