2:4 I increased my possessions:26
I built houses for myself;27
I planted vineyards for myself.
2:5 I designed28 royal gardens29 and parks30 for myself,
and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.
2:6 I constructed pools of water for myself,
to irrigate my grove31 of flourishing trees.
2:7 I purchased male and female slaves,
and I owned slaves who were born in my house;32
I also possessed more livestock—both herds and flocks—
than any of my predecessors in Jerusalem.33
2:8 I also amassed silver and gold for myself,
as well as valuable treasures34 taken from kingdoms and provinces.35
I acquired male singers and female singers for myself,
and what gives a man sensual delight36—a harem of beautiful concubines!37
2:9 So38 I was far wealthier39 than all my predecessors in Jerusalem,
yet I maintained my objectivity:40
2:10 I did not restrain myself from getting whatever I wanted;41
I did not deny myself anything that would bring me pleasure.42
So all my accomplishments gave me joy;43
this was my reward for all my effort.44
2:11 Yet when I reflected on everything I had accomplished45
and on all the effort that I had expended to accomplish it,46
I concluded:47 “All these48 achievements and possessions49 are ultimately50 profitless51—
like chasing the wind!
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