Ecclesiastes 2:3-13 NIV

3 I tried cheering myself with wine,1 and embracing folly2--my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives.

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4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself3 and planted vineyards.4

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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 slaves5 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 gold6 for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces.7 I acquired men and women singers,8 and a harema as well--the delights of the heart of man.

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    • a 2:8 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
      9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem9 before me.10 In all this my wisdom stayed with me.

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      10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor.
      11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;11 nothing was gained under the sun.12

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      Wisdom and Folly Are Meaningless

      12 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly.13 What more can the king's successor do than what has already been done?14

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      13 I saw that wisdom15 is better than folly,16 just as light is better than darkness.

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