There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun, namely , riches kept by the owner thereof to his hurt:
There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is heavy upon men:
And Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
And he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.
And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons-in-law, who married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for Jehovah will destroy the city. But he seemed unto his sons-in-law as one that mocked.
But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
And the first-born said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
If they say, Come with us, Let us lay wait for blood; Let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause;
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; It taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, And the careless ease of fools shall destroy them.
Riches profit not in the day of wrath; But righteousness delivereth from death.
There is that scattereth, and increaseth yet more; And there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth only to want.
There is one that is alone, and he hath not a second; yea, he hath neither son nor brother; yet is there no end of all his labor, neither are his eyes satisfied with riches. For whom then,'saith he , do I labor, and deprive my soul of good? This also is vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.
All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man hath power over another to his hurt.
For the fool will speak folly, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise profaneness, and to utter error against Jehovah, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and to cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of Jehovah's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he will make an end, yea, a terrible end, of all them that dwell in the land.
And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
And he said also unto the disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he was wasting his goods.
Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day:
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham's bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried.
And when Jesus heard it, he said unto him, One thing thou lackest yet: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
In that day men shall cast away their idols of silver, and their idols of gold, which have been made for them to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wrongfully exacted aught of any man, I restore fourfold.
But they that are minded to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and hurtful lusts, such as drown men in destruction and perdition.
Hearken, my beloved brethren; did not God choose them that are poor as to the world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to them that love him?
Come now, ye rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you.