Ecclesiastes 2:1-8 NIV

Pleasures Are Meaningless

1 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.

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2 “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?”

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3 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.

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4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards.

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5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.
6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees.
7 I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me.

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8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harema as well—the delights of a man’s heart.

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    • b 2:8 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.