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 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?


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?


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?
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Context
Wealth is Meaningless

8If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regards; and there be higher than they. 9Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field. 10He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loves abundance with increase: this is also vanity. 11When 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? 12The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. 13There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. 14But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begets a son, and there is nothing in his hand. 15As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labor, which he may carry away in his hand. 16And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit has he that has labored for the wind? 17All his days also he eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and wrath with his sickness. 18Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor that he takes under the sun all the days of his life, which God gives him: for it is his portion. 19Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. 20For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answers him in the joy of his heart.
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 2:9
So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.


Ecclesiastes 5:12
The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer 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?

they

Genesis 12:16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he donkeys, and menservants, and maidservants, and she donkeys...

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, and three score measures of meal...

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

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...

what

Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart...

Joshua 7:21-25 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight...

Proverbs 23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

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

Habakkuk 2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire...

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father...

Strong's Concordance
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?
Topical Bible
Advantage Beholding Benefit Consume Consumers Eat Except Feast Gain Goods Increase Increased Multiplied Multiplying Owner Owners Possessor Profit Save Saving Sight Thereof
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Ecclesiastes Chapter 5 Verse 11

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OT Poetry: Ecclesiastes 5:11 When goods increase those who eat them (Ecclesiast. Ec Ecc Eccles.)
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