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Ecclesiastes 2

The vanity of human courses in the works of pleasure.

Ecclesiastes 2:1 I said in mine heart, Goe to nowe, I will proue thee with ioy: therefore take thou pleasure in pleasant things: and beholde, this also is vanitie. Ecclesiastes 2:2 I saide of laughter, Thou art mad: and of ioy, What is this that thou doest? Ecclesiastes 2:3 I sought in mine heart to giue my selfe to wine, and to leade mine heart in wisdome, and to take holde of follie, till I might see where is that goodnesse of the children of men, which they enioy vnder the sunne: the whole nomber of the dayes of their life. Ecclesiastes 2:4 I haue made my great workes: I haue built me houses: I haue planted me vineyards. Ecclesiastes 2:5 I haue made me gardens and orchards, and planted in them trees of all fruite. Ecclesiastes 2:6 I haue made me cisternes of water, to water therewith the woods that growe with trees. Ecclesiastes 2:7 I haue gotten seruants and maides, and had children borne in the house: also I had great possession of beeues and sheepe aboue all that were before me in Ierusalem. Ecclesiastes 2:8 I haue gathered vnto me also siluer and gold, and the chiefe treasures of Kings & prouinces: I haue prouided me men singers and women singers, and the delites of the sonnes of men, as a woman taken captiue, & women taken captiues. Ecclesiastes 2:9 And I was great, & increased aboue all that were before me in Ierusalem: also my wisedome remained with me. Ecclesiastes 2:10 And whatsoeuer mine eyes desired, I withheld it not from them: I withdrew not mine heart from any ioy: for mine heart reioyced in al my labour: & this was my portion of all my trauaile. Ecclesiastes 2:11 Then I looked on all my workes that mine hands had wrought, and on the trauaile that I had laboured to doe: and beholde, all is vanitie and vexation of the spirit: and there is no profite vnder the sunne.

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

Ecclesiastes 2:12 And I turned to beholde wisedome, and madnes and follie: (for who is the man that will come after the King in things, which men nowe haue done?) Ecclesiastes 2:13 Then I saw that there is profite in wisdome, more then in follie: as the light is more excellent then darkenes. Ecclesiastes 2:14 For the wise mans eyes are in his head, but the foole walketh in darknes: yet I know also that the same condition falleth to them all. Ecclesiastes 2:15 Then I thought in mine heart, It befalleth vnto me, as it befalleth to ye foole. Why therefore doe I then labour to be more wise? And I sayd in mine heart, that this also is vanitie. Ecclesiastes 2:16 For there shalbe no remembrance of the wise, nor of the foole for euer: for that that now is, in the dayes to come shall all be forgotten; howe dyeth the wise man, as doeth the foole? Ecclesiastes 2:17 Therefore I hated life: for the worke that is wrought vnder the sunne is grieuous vnto me: for all is vanitie, and vexation of the spirit.

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

Ecclesiastes 2:18 I hated also all my labour, wherein I had trauailed vnder the sunne, which I shall leaue to the man that shalbe after me. Ecclesiastes 2:19 And who knoweth whether he shalbe wise or foolish? yet shall hee haue rule ouer all my labour, wherein I haue trauailed, and wherein I haue shewed my selfe wise vnder the sunne. This is also vanitie. Ecclesiastes 2:20 Therefore I went about to make mine heart abhorre all the labour, wherein I had trauailed vnder the sunne. Ecclesiastes 2:21 For there is a man whose trauaile is in wisdome, and in knowledge and in equitie: yet to a man that hath not trauailed herein, shal he giue his portion: this also is vanitie and a great griefe. Ecclesiastes 2:22 For what hath man of all his trauaile and griefe of his heart, wherein he hath trauailed vnder the sunne? Ecclesiastes 2:23 For all his dayes are sorowes, and his trauaile griefe: his heart also taketh not rest in the night: which also is vanitie.

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

Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is no profit to man: but that he eate, and drinke, & delight his soule with the profit of his labour: I saw also this, that it was of the hand of God. Ecclesiastes 2:25 For who could eate, and who could haste to outward things more then I? Ecclesiastes 2:26 Surely to a man that is good in his sight, God giueth wisdome, and knowledge, and ioy: but to the sinner he giueth paine, to gather, and to heape to giue to him that is good before God: this is also vanitie, and vexation of the spirit.

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