Ecclesiastes 5:13
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,

Berean Study Bible
There is a grievous evil I have seen under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner,

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
I have seen something terribly unfair. People get rich, but it does them no good.

Good News Translation
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,

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:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
There is an infirmity which I have seen under the sun, namely, wealth kept for its owner 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
The Futility of Wealth
12The sleep of the worker is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of the rich man permits him no sleep. 13There is a grievous evil I have seen under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, 14or wealth lost in a bad venture, so that when he has a son there is nothing to pass on.…
Cross References
Job 20:20
Because his appetite is never satisfied, he cannot escape with his treasure.

Ecclesiastes 5:14
or wealth lost in a bad venture, so that when he has a son there is nothing to pass on.

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

Ecclesiastes 6:2
God gives a man riches, wealth, and honor, so that he lacks nothing his heart desires; but God does not allow him to enjoy them. Instead, a stranger will enjoy them. This is futile and a grievous evil.

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.

a sore

Ecclesiastes 4:8
There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

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

riches

Ecclesiastes 8:9
All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.

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.







Lexicon
There is
יֵ֚שׁ (yêš)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3426: Being, substance, existence, is

a grievous
חוֹלָ֔ה (ḥō·w·lāh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2470: To be weak or sick

evil
רָעָ֣ה (rā·‘āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

I have seen
רָאִ֖יתִי (rā·’î·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

under
תַּ֣חַת (ta·ḥaṯ)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

the sun:
הַשָּׁ֑מֶשׁ (haš·šā·meš)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8121: The sun, the east, a ray, a notched battlement

wealth
עֹ֛שֶׁר (‘ō·šer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6239: Wealth

hoarded
שָׁמ֥וּר (šā·mūr)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

to the harm
לְרָעָתֽוֹ׃ (lə·rā·‘ā·ṯōw)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

of its owner,
לִבְעָלָ֖יו (liḇ·‘ā·lāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1167: A master, a husband, owner
(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. 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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