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.
Ecclesiastes 5:13 Parallel
CommentaryClarke'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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'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 …
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"Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.
or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when they have children there is nothing left for them to inherit.
I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on mankind:
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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