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Ecclesiastes 2 :: Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:1 - I said in my heart, 'Pray, come, I try thee with mirth, and look thou on gladness;' and lo, even it is vanity.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:2 - Of laughter I said, 'Foolish!' and of mirth, 'What is this it is doing?'

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:3 - I have sought in my heart to draw out with wine my appetite, (and my heart leading in wisdom), and to take hold on folly till that I see where is this -- the good to the sons of man of that which they do under the heavens, the number of the days of their lives.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:4 - I made great my works, I builded for me houses, I planted for me vineyards.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:5 - I made for me gardens and paradises, and I planted in them trees of every fruit.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:6 - I made for me pools of water, to water from them a forest shooting forth trees.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:7 - I got men-servants, and maid-servants, and sons of the house were to me; also, I had much substance -- herd and flock -- above all who had been before me in Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:8 - I gathered for me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces. I prepared for me men-singers and women-singers, and the luxuries of the sons of man -- a wife and wives.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:9 - And I became great, and increased above every one who had been before me in Jerusalem; also, my wisdom stood with me.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:10 - And all that mine eyes asked I kept not back from them; I withheld not my heart from any joy, for my heart rejoiced because of all my labour, and this hath been my portion, from all my labour,

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:11 - and I have looked on all my works that my hands have done, and on the labour that I have laboured to do, and lo, the whole is vanity and vexation of spirit, and there is no advantage under the sun!

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:12 - And I turned to see wisdom, and madness, and folly, but what is the man who cometh after the king? that which is already -- they have done it!

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:13 - And I saw that there is an advantage to wisdom above folly, like the advantage of the light above the darkness.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:14 - The wise! -- his eyes are in his head, and the fool in darkness is walking, and I also knew that one event happeneth with them all;

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:15 - and I said in my heart, 'As it happeneth with the fool, it happeneth also with me, and why am I then more wise?' And I spake in my heart, that also this is vanity:

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:16 - That there is no remembrance to the wise -- with the fool -- to the age, for that which is already, in the days that are coming is all forgotten, and how dieth the wise? with the fool!

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:17 - And I have hated life, for sad to me is the work that hath been done under the sun, for the whole is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:18 - And I have hated all my labour that I labour at under the sun, because I leave it to a man who is after me.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:19 - And who knoweth whether he is wise or foolish? yet he doth rule over all my labour that I have laboured at, and that I have done wisely under the sun! this also is vanity.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:20 - And I turned round to cause my heart to despair concerning all the labour that I laboured at under the sun.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:21 - For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity, and to a man who hath not laboured therein he giveth it -- his portion! Even this is vanity and a great evil.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:22 - For what hath been to a man by all his labour, and by the thought of his heart that he laboured at under the sun?

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:23 - For all his days are sorrows, and his travail sadness; even at night his heart hath not lain down; this also is vanity.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:24 - There is nothing good in a man who eateth, and hath drunk, and hath shewn his soul good in his labour. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God.

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:25 - For who eateth and who hasteth out more than I?

Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 2:26 - For to a man who is good before Him, He hath given wisdom, and knowledge, and joy; and to a sinner He hath given travail, to gather and to heap up, to give to the good before God. Even this is vanity and vexation of spirit.

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