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 Ecclesiastes 2:1 - 12
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   Book of Ecclesiastes
   Chapter 2  - Click for Chapter Audio
2:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
[ Original: Hebrew / Greek | Multi-Translation ]
I said to F17 myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure. R21 So enjoy F18 yourself." And behold, it too was futility.
 
2:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I R22 said of laughter, "It is madness," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?"
 
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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.
 
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I enlarged my works: I built R26 houses for myself, I planted vineyards R27 for myself;
 
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I made gardens R28 and parks R29 for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees;
 
2:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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I made ponds R30 of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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Then I became great R35 and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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So I turned to consider R40 wisdom, madness and folly; for what will the man do who will come after the king except what R41 has already been done?
 

FOOTNOTES:
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

 

CROSS REFERENCES:
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
R40 Ecclesiastes 1:17
R41 Ecclesiastes 1:9,10; 3:15

 
 

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