Ecclesiastes 2:5-15 NRS

5 I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees.
6 I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees.
7 I bought male and female slaves, and had slaves who were born in my house; I also had great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem.
8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and of the provinces; I got singers, both men and women, and delights of the flesh, and many concubines. a

References for Ecclesiastes 2:8

    • g 2:8 - Meaning of Heb uncertain
      9 So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem; also my wisdom remained with me.
      10 Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them; I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil.
      11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had spent in doing it, and again, all was vanity and a chasing after wind, b and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.

      References for Ecclesiastes 2:11

        • h 2:11 - Or [a feeding on wind.] See Hos 12.1
          12 So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly; for what can the one do who comes after the king? Only what has already been done.
          13 Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness.
          14 The wise have eyes in their head, but fools walk in darkness. Yet I perceived that the same fate befalls all of them.
          15 Then I said to myself, "What happens to the fool will happen to me also; why then have I been so very wise?" And I said to myself that this also is vanity.