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Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 2

Third Millennium Bible w/ Apocrypha

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Ecclesiastes 2

TMBA 1 I said in mine heart, "Go now, I will test thee with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure." And behold, this also is vanity. NIV 1 I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. TMBA 2 I said of laughter: "It is madness"; and of mirth: "What good doeth it?" NIV 2 “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?” TMBA 3 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine (yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom), and to lay hold on folly, until I might see what was good for the sons of men, which they should do under heaven all the days of their life. NIV 3 I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives. TMBA 4 I made me great work, I builded me houses, I planted me vineyards. NIV 4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. TMBA 5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kinds of fruit. NIV 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. TMBA 6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees. NIV 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. TMBA 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. 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. TMBA 8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces. I got me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments, and those of all sorts. NIV 8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem as well—the delights of a man’s heart. TMBA 9 So I was great and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. NIV 9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me. TMBA 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them; I withheld not my heart from any joy, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor, and this was my portion from 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 labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. TMBA 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do; and behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit 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. TMBA 12 Then I turned myself to behold wisdom and madness and folly; for what can the man do that cometh after the king? Even that which hath been already done. NIV 12 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king’s successor do than what has already been done? TMBA 13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly as far as light excelleth darkness. NIV 13 I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness. TMBA 14 The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walketh in darkness. And I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all. NIV 14 The wise have eyes in their heads, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both. TMBA 15 Then I said in my heart, "As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me, and why was I then more wise?" Then I said in my heart, "This also is vanity." NIV 15 Then I said to myself, “The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?” I said to myself, “This too is meaningless.” TMBA 16 For there is no more remembrance of the wise for ever than of the fool, since all that now is shall be forgotten in the days to come. And how dieth the wise man? As the fool! NIV 16 For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered; the days have already come when both have been forgotten. Like the fool, the wise too must die! TMBA 17 Therefore I hated life, because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me. For all is vanity and vexation of spirit. NIV 17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. TMBA 18 Yea, I hated all my labor which I had done under the sun, because I must leave it unto the man who shall be after me. NIV 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. TMBA 19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? Yet shall he have rule over all my labor wherein I have labored, and wherein I have shown myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity. NIV 19 And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. TMBA 20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labor which I had done under the sun. NIV 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. TMBA 21 For a man may labor in wisdom and in knowledge and in equity; yet to a man who hath not labored therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. NIV 21 For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. TMBA 22 For what hath man for all his labor and for the vexation of his heart wherewith he hath labored under the sun? NIV 22 What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? TMBA 23 For all his days are sorrows and his travail grief. Yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity. NIV 23 All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless. TMBA 24 There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. NIV 24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, TMBA 25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto more than I? NIV 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? TMBA 26 For God giveth to a man what is good in His sight: wisdom and knowledge and joy; but to the sinner He giveth travail to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit. NIV 26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

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