I increased my achievements. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself.
I made gardens and parks for myself and planted every kind of fruit tree in them.
I constructed reservoirs of water for myself from which to irrigate a grove of flourishing trees.
I acquired male and female servants and had slaves who were born in my house. I also owned many herds of cattle and flocks, more than all who were before me in Jerusalem.
I also amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I gathered male and female singers for myself, and many concubines, the delights of men.a9
Thus, I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem; my wisdom also remained with me.
All that my eyes desired, I did not deny them. I did not refuse myself any pleasure, for I took pleasure in all my struggles. This was my reward for all my struggles.
When I considered all that I had accomplishedb and what I had labored to achieve, I found everything to be futile and a pursuit of the wind. There was nothing to be gained under the sun.
Then I turned to consider wisdom, madness, and folly, for what will the man be like who comes after the king? Hec will do what has already been done.
And I realized that there is an advantage to wisdom over folly, like the advantage of light over darkness.
The wise man has eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. Yet I also knew that one fate comes to them both.