2 1I said in my heart, Come now, I will prove thee with mirth;
therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also was vanity.
2I said of
laughter, It is mad; and of mirth, What doeth it?
3I searched in my heart
how to cheer my flesh with wine, my heart yet guiding me with wisdom,
and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what it was good for the sons
of men that they should do under heaven all the days of their life.
made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards;
me gardens and parks, and I planted trees in them of all kinds of fruit;
6I made me pools of water, to water therefrom the forest where trees were
7I bought men-servants and maid-servants, and had servants born
in my house; also I had great possessions of herds and flocks, above all that
were before me in Jerusalem;
8I gathered me also silver and gold, and the
treasure of kings and of the provinces; I gat me men-singers and
women-singers, and the delights of the sons of men, musical instruments, and
that of all sorts.
9So I was great, and increased more than all that were
before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.
mine eyes desired I kept not from them; I withheld not my heart from any joy;
for my heart rejoiced because of all my labor; and this was my portion from
all my labor.
11Then 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 a
striving after wind, and there was no profit under the sun.
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 done long ago.
13Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as
light excelleth darkness.
14The wise man's eyes are in his head, and the
fool walketh in darkness: and yet I perceived that one event happeneth to
15Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so will
it happen even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then said I in my heart,
that this also is vanity.
16For of the wise man, even as of the fool,
there is no remembrance for ever; seeing that in the days to come all will
have been long forgotten. And how doth the wise man die even as the fool!
17So I hated life, because the work that is wrought under the sun was
grievous unto me; for all is vanity and a striving after wind.
hated all my labor wherein I labored under the sun, seeing that I must leave
it unto the man that shall be after me.
19And who knoweth whether he will
be a wise man or a fool? yet will he have rule over all my labor wherein I
have labored, and wherein I have showed myself wise under the sun. This also
20Therefore I turned about to cause my heart to despair
concerning all the labor wherein I had labored under the sun.
is a man whose labor is with wisdom, and with knowledge, and with
skilfulness; yet to a man that hath not labored therein shall he leave it for
his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.
22For what hath a man
of all his labor, and of the striving of his heart, wherein he laboreth under
23For all his days are but sorrows, and his travail is
grief; yea, even in the night his heart taketh no rest. This also is vanity.
24There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and
drink, and make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it is
from the hand of God.
25For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment, more
26For to the man that pleaseth him God giveth 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 pleaseth God. This also is vanity and a
striving after wind.