1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.
2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?
3 I sought in mine heart to givea myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.
References for Ecclesiastes 2:3
    • d 2:3 - to give...: Heb. to draw my flesh with wine
      4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards:
      5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:
      6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:
      7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants bornb in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:
      References for Ecclesiastes 2:7
        • e 2:7 - servants born...: Heb. sons of my house
          8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments*, and that of all sorts.
          9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.
          10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.
          11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.