The Emptiness of Possessions

4 I increased my achievements. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself.
5 I made gardens and parks for myself and planted every kind of fruit tree in them.
6 I constructed reservoirs of water for myself from which to irrigate a grove of flourishing trees.
7 I acquired male and female servants and had slaves who were born in my house. I also owned many herds of cattle and flocks, more than all who were before me in Jerusalem.
8 I also amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I gathered male and female singers for myself, and many concubines, the delights of men.a
9 Thus, I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem; my wisdom also remained with me.