4 I made my works great, I built myself fhouses, and planted myself vineyards. 5 I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6 I made myself water pools from which to 3water the growing trees of the grove. 7 I acquired male and female servants, and had 4servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me. 8 gI 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 5musical instruments of all kinds.
I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,
For my heart rejoiced in all my labor;
And on the labor in which I had toiled;
And indeed all was kvanity and grasping for the wind.
There was no profit under the sun.
12 Then I turned myself to consider wisdom land madness and folly;
For what can the man do who succeeds the king?—
Only what he has already mdone.
Lit. sons of my house
Exact meaning unknown