If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still.
References for Ecclesiastes 5:8
The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them?
The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.
References for Ecclesiastes 5:12
I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners,
References for Ecclesiastes 5:13
or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when they have children there is nothing left for them to inherit.
Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands.
References for Ecclesiastes 5:15
This too is a grievous evil: As everyone comes, so they depart, and what do they gain, since they toil for the wind?
References for Ecclesiastes 5:16
All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger.
This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot.
References for Ecclesiastes 5:18
Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.
References for Ecclesiastes 5:19
They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.
References for Ecclesiastes 5:20