Ecclesiastes 2:4-11

4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards.
5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.
6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees.
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 amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem[a] as well—the delights of a man’s heart.
9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.
10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil.
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.

Cross References 10

  • 1. 1 Kings 7:1-12; 2 Chronicles 2:1; 2 Chronicles 8:1-6
  • 2. Song of Songs 8:11
  • 3. 2 Chronicles 8:7-8
  • 4. S 1 Kings 9:28; 1 Kings 10:10,14,21
  • 5. S Judges 3:15
  • 6. S 2 Samuel 19:35
  • 7. Ecclesiastes 1:12
  • 8. 1 Chronicles 29:25; Ecclesiastes 1:16
  • 9. S Ecclesiastes 1:14
  • 10. S Ecclesiastes 1:3

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
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