Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 NAS

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.

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    • u 2:1 - Lit "in my heart"
    • v 2:1 - Lit "consider with goodness"
      2 2I said of laughter, "It is madness," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?"

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      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.

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        • w 2:3 - Lit "heart"
        • x 2:3 - Lit "heart"
        • y 2:3 - Lit "which they do"
        • z 2:3 - Lit "days"
          4 I enlarged my works: I 6built houses for myself, I planted 7vineyards for myself;

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          5 I made 8gardens and 9parks for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees;

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          6 I made 10ponds of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees.

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          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.

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            • { 2:7 - Lit "sons of the house"
              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.

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              9 Then I became 15great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me.

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              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.

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              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.

              References for Ecclesiastes 2:11

                • | 2:11 - Lit "labored to do"
                • } 2:11 - Or "futility," and so throughout the ch