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Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 (New American Standard)

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The Futility of Pleasure and Possessions

1 I said ato myself, "Come now, I will test you with 1pleasure. So benjoy yourself." And behold, it too was futility. 2 2I said of laughter, "It is madness," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?" 3 I explored with my cmind how to 3stimulate my body with wine while my dmind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of 4folly, until I could see 5what good there is for the sons of men eto do under heaven the few fyears of their lives. 4 I enlarged my works: I 6built houses for myself, I planted 7vineyards for myself; 5 I made 8gardens and 9parks for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees; 6 I made 10ponds of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees. 7 I bought male and female slaves and I had g11homeborn slaves. Also I possessed flocks and 12herds larger than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. 8 Also, 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 -many concubines. 9 Then I became 15great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me. 10 16All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my 17reward for all my labor. 11 Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had hexerted, and behold all was i18vanity and striving after wind and there was 19no profit under the sun.
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