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.
6 I made aponds of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees.
9 Then I became agreat and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me.
13 And I saw that awisdom excels folly as light excels darkness.
20 Therefore I 1completely despaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun.
25 For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without 1Him?
26 For to a person who is good in His sight aHe has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may bgive to one who is good in God’s sight. This too is cvanity and striving after wind.
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