I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless.
References for Ecclesiastes 2:1
“Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?”
References for Ecclesiastes 2:2
I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives.
References for Ecclesiastes 2:3
I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards.
References for Ecclesiastes 2:4
I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.
I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees.