1611 King James Bible

Ecclesiastes 2

The vanity of human courses in the works of pleasure.

Ecclesiastes 2:1 I said in mine heart, Goe to now, I wil prooue thee with mirth, therfore enioy pleasure: and behold, this also [is] vanitie. Ecclesiastes 2:2 I saide of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? Ecclesiastes 2:3 I sought in mine heart to giue my selfe vnto wine, (yet acquainting mine heart with wisedome) and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what [was] that good for the sonnes of men, which they should doe vnder the heauen all the dayes of their life. Ecclesiastes 2:4 I made me great workes, I builded mee houses, I planted mee Uineyards. Ecclesiastes 2:5 I made mee gardens & orchards, and I planted trees in them of all [kinde of] fruits. Ecclesiastes 2:6 I made mee pooles of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth foorth trees: Ecclesiastes 2:7 I got me seruants and maydens, and had seruants borne in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattell, aboue all that were in Ierusalem before me. Ecclesiastes 2:8 I gathered mee also siluer and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the prouinces: I gate mee men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sonnes of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. Ecclesiastes 2:9 So I was great, and increased more then all that were before mee in Ierusalem; also my wisedome remained with me. Ecclesiastes 2:10 And whatsoeuer mine eyes desired, I kept not from them; I withheld not my heart from any ioy: for my heart reioyced in all my labour; and this was my portion of all my labour. Ecclesiastes 2:11 Then I looked on all the workes that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to doe: and behold, all [was] vanitie, and vexation of spirit, and [there was] no profit vnder the Sunne.

Though the wise be better than the fool, yet both have one event.

Ecclesiastes 2:12 And I turned my selfe to behold wisedome, and madnesse and folly: for what can the man [doe], that commeth after the king? [euen] that which hath bene already done. Ecclesiastes 2:13 Then I saw that wisedome excelleth folly, as farre as light excelleth darkenesse. Ecclesiastes 2:14 The wise mans eyes [are] in his head, but the foole walketh in darknes: and I my selfe perceiued also that one euent happeneth to them all. Ecclesiastes 2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the foole, so it happeneth euen to me, and why was I then more wise? then I said in my heart, That this also is vanitie. Ecclesiastes 2:16 For [there is] no remembrance of the wise, more then of the foole for euer; seeing that which now [is], in the dayes to come shall be forgotten; and how dieth the wise man? as the foole. Ecclesiastes 2:17 Therefore I hated life, because the worke that is wrought vnder the Sunne [is] grieuous vnto mee: for all [is] vanitie, and vexation of spirit.

The vanity of human labour, in leaving it they know not to whom.

Ecclesiastes 2:18 Yea I hated all my labour which I had taken vnder the Sunne: because I should leaue it vnto the man that shalbe after mee. Ecclesiastes 2:19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a foole? yet shall he haue rule ouer all my labour, wherein I haue laboured, and wherein I haue shewed my selfe wise vnder the Sunne. This [is] also vanitie. Ecclesiastes 2:20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despaire of all the labour which I tooke vnder the Sunne. Ecclesiastes 2:21 For there is a man whose labour [is] in wisedome and in knowledge, and in equitie: yet to a man that hath not laboured therein, shall hee leaue it [for] his portion; This also [is] vanitie, and a great euill. Ecclesiastes 2:22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart wherein hee hath laboured vnder the Sunne? Ecclesiastes 2:23 For all his dayes [are] sorrowes, and his traueile, griefe; yea his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanitie.

Nothing better than joy in our labour; but that is God's gift.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 [There is] nothing better for a man, [then] that he should eat and drinke, and that he should make his soule enioy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it [was] from the hand of God. Ecclesiastes 2:25 For who can eate? or who else can hasten [hereunto] more then I? Ecclesiastes 2:26 For [God] giueth to a man that [is] good in his sight, wisedome, and knowledge, and ioy: but to the sinner hee giueth traueile, to gather and to heape vp that he may giue to him that is good before God: This also [is] vanitie and vexation of spirit.

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