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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
You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes.


Ecclesiastes 1:14
I reflected on everything that is accomplished by man on earth, and I concluded: Everything he has accomplished is futile -- like chasing the wind!
Ecclesiastes 2:17
So I loathed life because what happens on earth seems awful to me; for all the benefits of wisdom are futile -- like chasing the wind.
Ecclesiastes 4:7
So I again considered another futile thing on earth:
Ecclesiastes 6:11
The more one argues with words, the less he accomplishes. How does that benefit him?
Ecclesiastes 12:8
"Absolutely futile!" laments the Teacher, "All of these things are futile!"
Isaiah 55:2
Why pay money for something that will not nourish you? Why spend your hard-earned money on something that will not satisfy? Listen carefully to me and eat what is nourishing! Enjoy fine food!
Luke 10:40
But Martha was distracted with all the preparations she had to make, so she came up to him and said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the work alone? Tell her to help me."
Luke 12:20
But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
1 Peter 5:7
by casting all your cares on him because he cares for you.

He heapeth

Psalm 49:10
Surely one sees that even wise people die; fools and spiritually insensitive people all pass away and leave their wealth to others.
Job 27:16
If he piles up silver like dust and stores up clothing like mounds of clay,
Proverbs 13:22
A benevolent person leaves an inheritance for his grandchildren, but the wealth of a sinner is stored up for the righteous.
Proverbs 23:5
When you gaze upon riches, they are gone, for they surely make wings for themselves, and fly off into the sky like an eagle!
Proverbs 27:24
for riches do not last forever, nor does a crown last from generation to generation.
Ecclesiastes 2:8
I also amassed silver and gold for myself, as well as valuable treasures taken from kingdoms and provinces. I acquired male singers and female singers for myself, and what gives a man sensual delight -- a harem of beautiful concubines!
Ecclesiastes 5:14
Then that wealth was lost through bad luck; although he fathered a son, he has nothing left to give him.
Luke 12:20
But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
James 5:3
Your gold and silver have rusted and their rust will be a witness against you. It will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have hoarded treasure!

General references

Deuteronomy 8:13
when your cattle and flocks increase, when you have plenty of silver and gold, and when you have abundance of everything,
Psalm 114:4
The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.
Ecclesiastes 1:2
"Futile! Futile!" laments the Teacher, "Absolutely futile! Everything is futile!"
Ecclesiastes 2:20
So I began to despair about all the fruit of my labor for which I worked so hard on earth.
Matthew 6:19
"Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.

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