Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 CSB

The Emptiness of Pleasure

1 I said to myself, "Go ahead, I will test you with pleasure and enjoy what is good." But it turned out to be futile.

References for Ecclesiastes 2:1

      2 I said about laughter, "It is madness," and about pleasure, "What does this accomplish?"
      3 I explored with my mind how to let my body enjoy lifea with wine and how to grasp folly-my mind still guiding me with wisdom-until I could see what is good for people to do under heavenb during the few days of their lives.

      References for Ecclesiastes 2:3

        • a 2:3 - Lit to pull my body
        • b 2:3 - Two Hb mss, LXX, Syr read the sun

          The Emptiness of Possessions

          4 I increased my achievements. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself.

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              5 I made gardens and parks for myself and planted every kind of fruit tree in them.
              6 I constructed reservoirs of water for myself from which to irrigate a grove of flourishing trees.
              7 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.
              8 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.c

              References for Ecclesiastes 2:8

                • c 2:8 - LXX, Theod, Syr read and male cupbearers and female cupbearers; Aq, Tg, Vg read a cup and cups; Hb obscure
                  9 Thus, I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem; my wisdom also remained with me.
                  10 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.
                  11 When I considered all that I had accomplishedd 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.

                  References for Ecclesiastes 2:11

                    • d 2:11 - Lit all my works that my hands had done