Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Summary

Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Wandering of the desire

Bible References

Better

Ecclesiastes 2:24
There is nothing better for a man than taking meat and drink, and having delight in his work. This again I saw was from the hand of God.
Ecclesiastes 3:12
I am certain that there is nothing better for a man than to be glad, and to do good while life is in him.
Ecclesiastes 5:18
This is what I have seen: it is good and fair for a man to take meat and drink and to have joy in all his work under the sun, all the days of his life which God has given him; that is his reward.

Wandering of the desire

Job 31:7
If my steps have been turned out of the way, or if my heart went after my eyes, or if the property of another is in my hands;
Proverbs 30:15
The night-spirit has two daughters, Give, give. There are three things which are never full, even four which never say, Enough:
Jeremiah 2:20
For in the past, your yoke was broken by your hands and your cords parted; and you said, I will not be your servant; for on every high hill and under every branching tree, your behaviour was like that of a loose woman

This

Ecclesiastes 6:2
A man to whom God gives money, wealth, and honour so that he has all his desires but God does not give him the power to have joy of it, and a strange man takes it. This is to no purpose and an evil disease.
Ecclesiastes 1:2
All is to no purpose, said the Preacher, all the ways of man are to no purpose.
Ecclesiastes 2:11
Then I saw all the works which my hands had made, and everything I had been working to do; and I saw that all was to no purpose and desire for wind, and there was no profit under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 4:4
And I saw that the cause of all the work and of everything which is done well was man's envy of his neighbour. This again is to no purpose and a desire for wind.

Basic English, produced by Mr C. K. Ogden of the Orthological Institute - public domain