Ecclesiastes 2:5

5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.

Read Ecclesiastes 2:5 Using Other Translations

I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:
I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees.
I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees.

What does Ecclesiastes 2:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ecclesiastes 2:5

I made me gardens and orchards
Of the king's garden, we read ( Jeremiah 39:4 ) . Adrichomius F2 makes mention of a royal garden in the suburbs of Jerusalem, fenced with walls; and was a paradise of fruit trees, herbs, spices, and flowers; abounded with all kind of fruit, exceeding pleasant and delightful to the senses: and, as Solomon was so great a botanist, and knew the nature and use of all kinds of trees and herbs, ( 1 Kings 4:33 ) ; no doubt but he has a herbal garden, well stocked with everything of that kind, curious and useful; see ( 1 Kings 21:2 ) . Gardens are made for pleasure as well as profit; Adam, as soon as created, was put into a garden, to add to his natural pleasure and felicity, as well as for his employment, ( Genesis 2:8 ) ; and the pleasure of walking in a garden, and partaking of the fruits of it, are alluded to by Solomon, ( Song of Solomon 4:12 Song of Solomon 4:13 Song of Solomon 4:16 ) ( 5:1 ) ( 6:9 ) ; and I planted trees in them of all [kind of] fruits;
which, as before observed, he had thorough knowledge of, and many of which were brought him from foreign parts; and all served to make his gardens, orchards, parks, forests, and enclosures, very pleasant and delectable. The Targum adds,

``some for food, others for drink, and others for medicine.''


F2 Theatrum Terrae Sanctae, p. 170.
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