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.