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Ecclesiastes 2 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:1 - I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:2 - I said of laughter—“Madness!”; and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?”

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:3 - I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:4 - I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:5 - I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:6 - I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:7 - I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:8 - I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments[fn] of all kinds.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:9 - So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:10 - Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them.
I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,
For my heart rejoiced in all my labor;
And this was my reward from all my labor.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:11 - Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done
And on the labor in which I had toiled;
And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind.
There was no profit under the sun.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:12 - Then I turned myself to consider wisdom and madness and folly;
For what can the man do who succeeds the king?—
Only what he has already done.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:13 - Then I saw that wisdom excels folly
As light excels darkness.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:14 - The wise man’s eyes are in his head,
But the fool walks in darkness.
Yet I myself perceived
That the same event happens to them all.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:15 - So I said in my heart,
“As it happens to the fool,
It also happens to me,
And why was I then more wise?”
Then I said in my heart,
“This also is vanity.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:16 - For there is no more remembrance of the wise than of the fool forever,
Since all that now is will be forgotten in the days to come.
And how does a wise man die?
As the fool!

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:17 - Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:18 - Then I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:19 - And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will rule over all my labor in which I toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This also is vanity.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:20 - Therefore I turned my heart and despaired of all the labor in which I had toiled under the sun.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:21 - For there is a man whose labor is with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; yet he must leave his heritage to a man who has not labored for it. This also is vanity and a great evil.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:22 - For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun?

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:23 - For all his days are sorrowful, and his work burdensome; even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:24 - Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:25 - For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment, more than I?[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:26 - For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.
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