I 1said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself." But behold, this also was vanity.
I 2said of laughter, "It is mad," and of pleasure, "What use is it?"
I 3searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine--my heart still guiding me with wisdom--and how to lay hold on 4folly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life.
I made great works. I 5built houses and planted 6vineyards for myself.
I made myself 7gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees.
I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees.