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.

Ecclesiastes 5:10-12

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:10

Ecclesiastes is a book full of cynicism and negative perspectives; it diverges, at least in tone and perspective, from other Books of Wisdom in the Old Testament. Inside the author’s rather jaded exploration of the futility of life, he talks about many truths and money is one topic he handles well.

We know from Paul’s teaching that money can be a major stumbling block for many Christians. People can lose their spiritual perspective and become focused on attaining the material, rather than leveraging the material to win others to the Spirit.

Ethan Kirl