- Ecclesiastes 2:26
God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. This, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.
Ecclesiastes 2:25-26 (in Context) Ecclesiastes 2 (Whole Chapter)
- Ecclesiastes 4:8
This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing.
Ecclesiastes 4:7-9 (in Context) Ecclesiastes 4 (Whole Chapter)
- Ecclesiastes 5:8
[ The Futility of Wealth ] Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy.
Ecclesiastes 5:7-9 (in Context) Ecclesiastes 5 (Whole Chapter)
- Ecclesiastes 5:10
Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!
Ecclesiastes 5:9-11 (in Context) Ecclesiastes 5 (Whole Chapter)
- Ecclesiastes 5:11
The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers!
Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 (in Context) Ecclesiastes 5 (Whole Chapter)
- Ecclesiastes 5:19
And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God.
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 (in Context) Ecclesiastes 5 (Whole Chapter)
- Ecclesiastes 6:2
God gives some people great wealth and honor and everything they could ever want, but then he doesn’t give them the chance to enjoy these things. They die, and someone else, even a stranger, ends up enjoying their wealth! This is meaningless—a sickening tragedy.
Ecclesiastes 6:1-3 (in Context) Ecclesiastes 6 (Whole Chapter)
- Ecclesiastes 9:11
I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.
Ecclesiastes 9:10-12 (in Context) Ecclesiastes 9 (Whole Chapter)