Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

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Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

NIV 1 I thought in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good." But that also proved to be meaningless. NIV 1 I thought in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good." But that also proved to be meaningless. NIV 2 "Laughter," I said, "is foolish. And what does pleasure accomplish?" NIV 2 "Laughter," I said, "is foolish. And what does pleasure accomplish?" NIV 3 I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly--my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives. NIV 3 I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly--my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives. NIV 4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. NIV 4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. NIV 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. NIV 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. NIV 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. NIV 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. NIV 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. NIV 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. NIV 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. NIV 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. NIV 9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me. NIV 9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me. NIV 10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. NIV 10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. NIV 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. NIV 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.