I saidato myself, "Comenow, I will test you with 1pleasure. So benjoy yourself." And behold, it too was futility.
22I said of laughter, "It is madness," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?"
I explored with my cmind how to 3stimulate my body with wine while my dmind was guiding me wisely, and how to takehold of 4folly, until I could see5whatgood there is for the sons of meneto dounderheaven the fewfyears of their lives.
I enlarged my works: I 6builthouses for myself, I planted7vineyards for myself;
I made8gardens and 9parks for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruittrees;
I made10ponds of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growingtrees.
I boughtmale and femaleslaves and I hadg11homebornslaves. Also I possessed flocks and 12herdslargerthanallwhopreceded me in Jerusalem.
8Also, I collected for myself silver and 13gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I provided for myself 14male and female singers and the pleasures of men-manyconcubines.
Then I became15great and increasedmorethanallwhopreceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdomalsostood by me.
1016All that my eyesdesired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from anypleasure, for my heart was pleasedbecause of all my labor and this was my 17reward for all my labor.
Thus I consideredall my activitieswhich my hands had done and the laborwhich I had hexerted, and beholdall was i18vanity and striving after wind and there was 19noprofitunder the sun.
So I turned to 20considerwisdom, madness and folly; for what will the man do who will comeafter the king except 21what has already been done?
And I saw that 22wisdomexcelsfolly as lightexcelsdarkness.
The wiseman'seyes are in his head, but the 23foolwalks in darkness. And yet I know that 24onefatebefalls them both.
Then I saidjto myself, "25As is the fate of the fool, it will alsobefall me. 26Whythen have I beenextremelywise?" So kI said to myself, "Thistoo is vanity."
For there is 27nollastingremembrance of the wiseman as with the fool, inasmuch as in the comingdaysall will be forgotten. And 28how the wiseman and the foolalikedie!
So I 29hatedlife, for the workwhich had been doneunder the sun was mgrievous to me; becauseeverything is futility and striving after wind.
Thus I hated30all the fruit of my labor for which I had laboredunder the sun, for I must 31leave it to the manwho will comeafter me.
And whoknows whether he will be a wisemanor32a fool? Yet he will have ncontroloverall the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by actingwiselyunder the sun. Thistoo is 33vanity.
Therefore I ocompletelydespaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had laboredunder the sun.
21Whenthere is a manwho has labored with wisdom, knowledge and 34skill, then he 35gives his plegacy to onewho has not labored with them. Thistoo is vanity and a greatevil.
For what does a manget in 36all his labor and in qhis striving with which he laborsunder the sun?
23Becauseall his days his task is painful and 37grievous; even at night his rmind38does not rest. Thistoo is vanity.
24There is 39nothingbetter for a man than to eat and drink and stellhimself that his labor is good. Thisalso I have seen that it is 40from the hand of God.
For who can eat and who can haveenjoymentwithouttHim?
For to a personwho is good in His sight41He has givenwisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may 42give to onewho is good in God'ssight. Thistoo is 43vanity and striving after wind.