Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

A vain shew

Bible References

A vain shew

James 4:14
When you are not certain what will take place tomorrow. What is your life? It is a mist, which is seen for a little time and then is gone.


Ecclesiastes 1:14
I have seen all the works which are done under the sun; all is to no purpose, and desire for wind.
Ecclesiastes 2:17
So I was hating life, because everything under the sun was evil to me: all is to no purpose and desire for wind.
Ecclesiastes 4:7
Then I came back, and I saw an example of what is to no purpose under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 6:11
There are words without number for increasing what is to no purpose, but what is man profited by them?
Ecclesiastes 12:8
All things are to no purpose, says the Preacher, all is to no purpose.
Isaiah 55:2
Why do you give your money for what is not bread, and the fruit of your work for what will not give you pleasure? Give ear to me, so that your food may be good, and you may have the best in full measure.
Luke 10:40
But Martha had her hands full of the work of the house, and she came to him and said, Lord, is it nothing to you that my sister has let me do all the work? Say to her that she is to give me some help.
Luke 12:20
But God said to him, You foolish one, tonight I will take your soul from you, and who then will be the owner of all the things which you have got together?
1 Peter 5:7
Putting all your troubles on him, for he takes care of you.

He heapeth

Psalm 49:10
For he sees that wise men come to their end, and foolish persons of low behaviour come to destruction together, letting their wealth go to others.
Job 27:16
Though he may get silver together like dust, and make ready great stores of clothing;
Proverbs 13:22
The heritage of the good man is handed down to his children's children; and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the upright man.
Proverbs 23:5
Are your eyes lifted up to it? it is gone: for wealth takes to itself wings, like an eagle in flight up to heaven.
Proverbs 27:24
For wealth is not for ever, and money does not go on for all generations.
Ecclesiastes 2:8
I got together silver and gold and the wealth of kings and of countries. I got makers of song, male and female; and the delights of the sons of men--girls of all sorts to be my brides.
Ecclesiastes 5:14
And I saw the destruction of his wealth by an evil chance; and when he became the father of a son he had nothing in his hand.
Luke 12:20
But God said to him, You foolish one, tonight I will take your soul from you, and who then will be the owner of all the things which you have got together?
James 5:3
Your gold and your silver are wasted and their waste will be a witness against you, burning into your flesh. You have put by your store in the last days.

General references

Deuteronomy 8:13
And when your herds and your flocks are increased, and your stores of silver and gold, and you have wealth of every sort;
Psalm 114:4
The mountains were jumping like goats, and the little hills like lambs.
Ecclesiastes 1:2
All is to no purpose, said the Preacher, all the ways of man are to no purpose.
Ecclesiastes 2:20
So my mind was turned to grief for all the trouble I had taken and all my wisdom under the sun.
Matthew 6:19
Make no store of wealth for yourselves on earth, where it may be turned to dust by worms and weather, and where thieves may come in by force and take it away.

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