I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself1 and planted vineyards.25
I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.
I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees.
I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves3 who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me.
I amassed silver and gold4 for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces.5 I acquired men and women singers,6 and a harema as well--the delights of the heart of man.
I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem7 before me.8 In all this my wisdom stayed with me.