When goods increase, those who consume them increase, and what advantage is there to the owner, except to look at them with his eyes? Bible

“consume.” The literal Hebrew is “eat,” but this is not just about “eating.” The Hebrew “eat” has a wide range of meanings, and so “consume” is a more appropriate English translation in this context.

“to the owner.” That is, the owner of the goods that increase.

Commentary for: Ecclesiastes 5:11