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2 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore aenjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity. 2 bI said of laughter, It is cmad: and of mirth, What doeth it? 3 dI sought in mine heart †to give myself unto wine, ddyet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on efolly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven †all the days of their life. 4 I made me great works; fI builded me houses; gI planted me vineyards: 5 I made me hgardens and iorchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: 6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees: 7 I kgot me servants and maidens, and had †servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of lgreat and small cattle above all that were min Jerusalem before me: 8 nI gathered me also silver and gold, and the opeculiar treasure of pkings and of the qprovinces: I gat me rmen singers and women singers, and the sdelights of the sons of men, as †musical instruments, and that of all sorts. 9 So tI was great, and increased more than all that were before me min Jerusalem: also umy wisdom remained with me. 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I xkept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and ythis was my portion of all my labour. 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was zvanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no aprofit under the sun.
12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and bmadness, and cfolly: for what can the man do that cometh ccafter the king? ||deven that which hath been ealready done. 13 Then I saw †that wisdom excelleth cfolly, as far as light aexcelleth darkness. 14 fThe wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also gthat hone event happeneth to them all. 15 Then said I in my heart, As hit happeneth to the fool, so it †happeneth even to me; and why was I then imore wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity. 16 For there is jno remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which enow is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And ghow dieth the wise man? as the fool. 17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is kvanity and vexation of spirit. 18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had †taken under the sun: because lI should leave it unto the man that shall be mafter me. 19 And lwho knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity. 20 Therefore I mmwent about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun. 21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in nequity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he †leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 For what hath man oof all his labour, and of the pvexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun? 23 For all qhis days are rsorrows, and his stravail rgrief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.
24 tThere is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he ||should make his soul uenjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, wthat it was from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I? 26 For xGod giveth to a man that is good †in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth stravail, lto gather and to heap up, ythat he may give to him that is good before God. This also is zvanity and vexation of spirit.
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