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The New American Standard Bible
   Book of Ecclesiastes
Chapter 2  - Click for Chapter Audio
Study Resource List
ACC -> Commentary on 2:1
BCC -> Commentary on 2:1
GEB -> Study Notes on 2:1
GSB -> Study Notes on 2:1
JFB -> Commentary on 2:1
MHC-COM -> Commentary on 2:1
MHC-CON -> Commentary on 2:1
TSK -> Entry for 2:1
WEN -> Notes on 2:1
NTB -> Amusements And Worldly Pleasures; Epicureans; Experiment; Happiness; Investigation; Life; Philosophy; Pleasure; Vanity; Wisdom; Worldliness
TCR -> Emptiness-Fulness; Emptiness; Epicureans; Pleasure, Worldly; Self-indulgence-Self-denial; Vanity; Worldly
TTT -> Amusements and Pleasures, Worldly; Happiness of the Wicked, The; Vanity
BED -> Vanity
HBD -> Ecclesiastes, Book Of; Israel, History Of; Joy
SBD -> Solomon
EDL -> Devotional using 2:1

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 [ Verse 1 in Original: Hebrew / Greek ]
             [ Read Chapter | Discuss these Verses ]
1 I said to F17 myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure. R21 So enjoy F18 yourself." And behold, it too was futility. 2 I R22 said of laughter, "It is madness," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?" 3 I explored with my mind F19 how to stimulate R23 my body with wine while my mind F19 was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of folly, R24 until I could see what R25 good there is for the sons of men to F20 do under heaven the few years F21 of their lives. 4 I enlarged my works: I built R26 houses for myself, I planted vineyards R27 for myself; 5 I made gardens R28 and parks R29 for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees; 6 I made ponds R30 of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees. 7 I bought male and female slaves and I had homeborn R31 F22 slaves. Also I possessed flocks and herds R32 larger than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. 8 Also, I collected for myself silver and gold R33 and the treasure of kings and provinces. I provided for myself male R34 and female singers and the pleasures of men--many concubines. 9 Then I became great R35 and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me. 10 All R36 that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward R37 for all my labor. 11 Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, F23 and behold all was vanity R38 F24 and striving after wind and there was no R39 profit under the sun.

F17 Lit in my heart
F18 Lit consider with goodness
F19 Lit heart
F20 Lit which they do
F21 Lit days
F22 Lit sons of the house
F23 Lit labored to do
F24 Or futility, and so throughout the ch


R21 Ecclesiastes 7:4; 8:15
R22 Proverbs 14:13; Ecclesiastes 7:3,6
R23 Judges 9:13; Psalms 104:15; Ecclesiastes 10:19
R24 Ecclesiastes 7:25
R25 Ecclesiastes 2:24; 3:12,13; 5:18; 6:12; 8:15; 12:13
R26 1 Kings 7:1-12
R27 Song of Solomon 8:11
R28 Song of Solomon 4:16;
R29 Nehemiah 2:8
R30 Nehemiah 2:14; 3:15,16
R31 Genesis 14:14;
R32 1 Kings 4:23
R33 1 Kings 9:28;
R34 2 Samuel 19:35
R35 1 Chronicles 29:25; Ecclesiastes 1:16
R36 Ecclesiastes 6:2
R37 Ecclesiastes 3:22; 5:18; 9:9
R38 Ecclesiastes 1:14;
R39 Ecclesiastes 1:3; 3:9; 5:16


Abbreviations Legend:

ACC - Adam Clark Commentary; BCC - Burton Coffman; GEB - Gill's Exposition; GSB - Geneva Study Bible; JFB - Jamieson, Fausset, Brown; MHC-COM - Matthew Henry Complete; MHC-CON - Matthew Henry Concise; TSK - Treasury of Scripture Knowledge; WEN - Wesley's Explanatory Notes; NTB - Nave's Topical Bible; TCR - Thompson Chain Reference; TSK - Treasury of Scripture Knowledge; TTT - Torrey's Topical Textbook; BED - Baker's Evangelical Dictionary; HBD - Holman Bible Dictionary; SBD - Smith's Bible Dictionary; EDL - Every Day Light;

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