2 that Hashem sometimes grants a man riches, property, and wealth, so that he does not want for anything his appetite may crave, but Hashem does not permit him to enjoy it; instead, a stranger will enjoy it. That is futility and a grievous ill.
EESH a-SHER yi-ten LO ha-e-lo-HEEM O-sher un-kha-SEEM v’-kha-VOD v’-ay-NE-nu kha-SAYR l’-naf-SHO mi-KOL a-sher yit-a-VEH v’-LO yash-lee-TE-nu ha-e-lo-HEEM le-e-KHOL mi-ME-nu KEE EESH nokh-REE yo-kh’-LE-nu ZEH HE-vel va-kho-LEE RA HU
ב אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִתֶּן־לוֹ הָאֱלֹהִים עֹשֶׁר וּנְכָסִים וְכָבוֹד וְאֵינֶנּוּ חָסֵר לְנַפְשׁוֹ מִכֹּל אֲשֶׁר־יִתְאַוֶּה וְלֹא־יַשְׁלִיטֶנּוּ הָאֱלֹהִים לֶאֱכֹל מִמֶּנּוּ כִּי אִישׁ נָכְרִי יֹאכֲלֶנּוּ זֶה הֶבֶל וָחֳלִי רָע הוּא׃
6:2 Hashem sometimes grants a man riches
The Hebrew word for ‘riches’ is osher, spelled with the letter ayin (עושר). The Hebrew word for ‘happiness’ is also osher, but spelled with the letter alef (אושר). While the two words are homophones, they are not synonymous. Some people mistakenly believe that wealth leads to happiness. The Sages (“Ethics of the Fathers” 4:1), however, teach the exact opposite. “Who is wealthy? One who is happy with his lot.” Only when a person is happy and satisfied with the material possessions that he has, no matter their value, can he be considered truly wealthy.