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Ecclesiastes 2:1-6 (English Standard Version)

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The Vanity of Self-Indulgence

1 I 1said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself." But behold, this also was vanity. 2 I 2said of laughter, "It is mad," and of pleasure, "What use is it?" 3 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. 4 I made great works. I 5built houses and planted 6vineyards for myself. 5 I made myself 7gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. 6 I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees.
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