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Ecclesiastes 2:4-9 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: 4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards.
5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.
6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees: 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees.
7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: 7 I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me.
8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers , and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments , and that of all sorts. 8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well--the delights of the heart of man.
9 So I was great , and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. 9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.