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Ecclesiastes 5:11

    Ecclesiastes 5:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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 King James Version (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

    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?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    When goods are increased, the number of those who take of them is increased; and what profit has the owner but to see them?

    Webster's Revision

    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?

    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?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    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?

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 5:11

    When goods increase - An increase of property always brings an increase of expense, by a multitude of servants; and the owner really possesses no more, and probably enjoys much less, than he did, when every day provided its own bread, and could lay up no store for the next. But if he have more enjoyment, his cares are multiplied; and he has no kind of profit. "This also is vanity."

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 5:11

    They ... that eat them - i. e., The laborers employed, and the household servants.