The Futility of Pleasure and Possessions
1 I said 1to myself, “Come now, I will test you with apleasure. So 2enjoy yourself.” And behold, it too was futility.
2 aI said of laughter, “It is madness,” and of pleasure, “What does it accomplish?”
3 I explored with my 1mind how to astimulate my body with wine while my 1mind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of bfolly, until I could see cwhat good there is for the sons of men 2to do under heaven the few 3years of their lives.
4 I enlarged my works: I abuilt houses for myself, I planted bvineyards for myself;
5 I made agardens and bparks for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees;