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Ecclesiastes 5:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— 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?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— 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?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good [is there] to the owners of them, saving the beholding [of them] with their eyes?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— 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?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— When blessings are increased, increased are the eaters thereof,—what profit, then, to the owner of them saving the sight of his eyes?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— In the multiplying of good have its consumers been multiplied, and what benefit [is] to its possessor except the sight of his eyes?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— 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?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— When goods increase, they are increased that eate them: and what good [is there] to the owners thereof, sauing the beholding [of them] with their eyes?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— In the multitude of good they are increased that eat it: and what virtue has the owner, but the right of beholding [it] with his eyes?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— 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?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
When goods 2896
{2896} Prime
טוֹב
towb
{tobe}
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
increase, 7235
{7235} Prime
רָבָה
rabah
{raw-baw'}
A primitive root; to increase (in whatever respect).
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
they are increased 7231
{7231} Prime
רָבַב
rabab
{raw-bab'}
A primitive root; properly to cast together (compare H7241), that is, increase, especially in number; also (as denominative from H7233) to multiply by the myriad.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
that eat 398
{0398} Prime
אָכַל
'akal
{aw-kal'}
A primitive root; to eat (literally or figuratively).
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
them: and what x4100
(4100) Complement
מָּה
mah
{maw}
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
good 3788
{3788} Prime
כִּשְׁרוֹן
kishrown
{kish-rone'}
From H3787; success, advantage.
[is there] to the owners 1167
{1167} Prime
בַּעַל
ba`al
{bah'-al}
From H1166; a master; hence a husband, or (figuratively) owner (often used with another noun in modifications of this latter sense.
thereof, saving 518
{0518} Prime
אִם
'im
{eem}
A primitive particle; used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogitive, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence as a negative, not.
x3588
(3588) Complement
כִּי
kiy
{kee}
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
the beholding y7207
[7207] Standard
רְאוּת
ra'avah
{rah-av-aw'}
From H7200; sight, that is, satisfaction.
z8675
<8675> Grammar
Kethiv Reading

Where the translators of the Authorised Version followed the qere reading rather than the kethiv.
y7212
[7212] Standard
רְאִית
r@'iyth
{reh-eeth'}
From H7200; sight.
z8801
<8801> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 309
x7200
(7200) Complement
רָאָה
ra'ah
{raw-aw'}
A primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitively, intransitively and causatively).
[of them] with their eyes? 5869
{5869} Prime
עַיִן
`ayin
{ah'-yin}
Probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain (as the eye of the landscape).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ecclesiastes 5:11

_ _ they ... that eat them — the rich man’s dependents (Psalms 23:5).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ecclesiastes 5:9-17.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
they:

Genesis 12:16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
Genesis 13:2 And Abram [was] very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
Genesis 13:5-7 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. ... And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
1 Kings 4:22-23 And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal, ... Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and fatted fowl.
1 Kings 5:13-16 And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men. ... Beside the chief of Solomon's officers which [were] over the work, three thousand and three hundred, which ruled over the people that wrought in the work.
Nehemiah 5:17-18 Moreover [there were] at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen that [are] about us. ... Now [that] which was prepared [for me] daily [was] one ox [and] six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this people.
Psalms 119:36-37 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. ... Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; [and] quicken thou me in thy way.

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 thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these [things] God will bring thee into judgment.
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, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they [are] hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. ... And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
Proverbs 23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for [riches] certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
Jeremiah 17:11 [As] the partridge sitteth [on eggs], and hatcheth [them] not; [so] he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
Habakkuk 2:13 Behold, [is it] not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?
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, but is of the world.
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Gn 12:16; 13:2, 5. Jsh 7:21. 1K 4:22; 5:13. Ne 5:17. Ps 119:36. Pv 23:5. Ec 6:9; 11:9. Jr 17:11. Hab 2:13. 1Jn 2:16.

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