The vanity of money (Eccl 5:10-5:11)

“The lover of money

Will not be satisfied with money.

The lover of wealth

Will not be satisfied with gain.

This also is vanity.

When goods increase,

Those who eat them increase.

What gain has their owner?

He only sees them with his eyes?”

Qoheleth says that if you love money, you will never have enough money to be satisfied. The same goes for wealth. You are never wealthy enough. No gain is enough. We see this all the time. The rich and wealthy never say that they have enough. They always want more. All this is vanity and useless. If you have more goods, there will be more people there to eat them up. What is the gain for the owner of this increase in food? He gets to watch others eat it up.