1. I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” and, behold, this also is vanity.
2. I said of laughter, “It is madness;” and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?”
3. I sought in my heart to give myself unto wine, yet conducting my heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, until I might see what was good for the sons of men, what they should do under the heaven the few days of their life.
4. I made great works for myself; I built houses for myself; I planted vineyards for myself.
5. I made gardens and orchards for myself, and I planted trees in them, of all fruit.
6. I made pools of water for myself, to irrigate groves of growing trees.
7. I bought men slaves and women slaves, and servants were born in my house; also I had great possessions of herds and flocks, above all that were before me in Jerusalem.
8. I also gathered silver and gold to myself, and the treasure of kings and of the provinces. I got men singers and women singers for myself, even the sensual delights of the sons of men, and many women.
9. So I was great and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem; also my wisdom remained with me.
10. And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them; I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor, and this was my portion of all my labor.
11. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done, and on the labor that I had labored to do; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after the wind; and there is no profit under the sun.
12. And I turned to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly; for what can the man do who comes after the king? Only that which has already been done.
13. Then I saw that wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness.
14. The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walks in darkness; and I myself also perceived that one event happens to all of them.
15. Then I said in my heart, “As it happens to the fool, so it happens even to me; and why was I then more wise?” And I said in my heart that this also is vanity.
16. For there is no memory of the wise more than of the fool forever, since that which is now shall all be forgotten in the days to come. And how does the wise die? Even as the fool!
17. Therefore I hated life; because the work that is done under the sun is grievous to me; for all is vanity and a striving after wind.
18. Yea, I hated all my labor which I had done under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who shall be after me.
19. And who knows whether he shall be wise or a fool? Yet he shall have rule over all my labor in which I have labored, and have shown myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
20. And I turned to cause my heart to despair of all the labor which I had done under the sun.
21. For there is a man whose labor is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and with skill; yet to a man who has not labored in it, he shall leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.
22. For what has man from all his labor, and from the striving of his heart, in which he has labored under the sun?
23. For all his days are sorrows, and his labor vexation; yea, so his heart does not take rest in the night. This is also vanity.
24. There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink and make his soul see good in his labor? This I also saw, that it was from the hand of God.
25. For who can eat, or who can enjoy it, more than I?
26. For God gives wisdom, and knowledge, and joy to a man who is good in His sight. But to the sinner He gives labor, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
HVqp1csin my heart,H3820
HVph1csHSp2msyou with pleasureH8057
HRHNcfsato find outH7200
HCHVqv2mswhat is good."H2896
HVqp1csin my heartH3820
HRdHNcfsaand to lay holdH270
HTrI might seeH7200
HAamsafor the sonsH1121
HTrthey should doH6213
HNcmpcof their life.H2416
HNcmpaand women slaves,H8198
HCHNcfpaand servants were bornH1121
HCHNcmpcin my house;H1004
HRHSp1csand the treasureH5459
HNcmpaand of the provinces.H4082
HVqrmpaand women singersH7891
HRHSp1cseven the sensual delightsH8588
HCHNcmpcof the sonsH1121
So I was greatH1431
HCHVhp1csmore than allH3605
HVqp3cpI did notH3808
HRHSp3mpI did notH3808
HNcmpcHSp1csthat my handsH3027
HTrHVqp3cpand on the laborH5999
HCHRdHNcbsathat I had laboredH5998
HNcmsaand a strivingH7469
HCHNcfscafter the wind;H7307
HNcbsaand there is noH369
HTdHNcmsaOnly that whichH834
The wise man'sH2450
HNcbdcHSp3msarein his head;H7218
HRHNcmscHSp3msbut the foolH3684
HToto all of them.H3605
HCHVqp1csin my heart,H3820
HRHNcmscHSp1cs"As it happensH4745
HRHNcmscto the fool,H3684
HVqp1csAnd I saidH1696
HCHVpp1csin my heartH3820
HNcmscof the wiseH2450
HRHNcmsasince that which is nowH3528
HVNp3msin the daysH3117
HCHTidoes the wiseH2450
Therefore I hatedH8130
HTdHNcmsathat is doneH6213
HNcmsaand a strivingH7469
HTdHNcbsabecause I must leave itH3240
HTrHVhi1csHSp3msto the manH120
HRdHNcmsawho shall beH1961
HVqrmsawhetherhe shall beH1961
HNcmsaYet he shall have ruleH7980
HNcbscHSp1csin which I have labored,H5998
HTrHVqp1csand have shown myself wiseH2449
HToto cause my heartH3820
HTdHNcbsawhich I had doneH5998
HTrHNcbscHSp3msis in wisdom,H2451
HRHNcfsaand in knowledge,H1847
HCHRHNcfsaand with skill;H3788
HCHRHNcmsayet to a manH120
HCHRHNcmsawho has notH3808
HRHSp3mshe shall leave itH5414
HNcmsaand a greatH7227
HNcbscHSp3msand from the strivingH7475
HCHRHNcmscof his heart,H3820
HTrHPp3mshe has laboredH6001
HNcmpaand his laborH6045
HTaso his heartH3820
HVqp3msin the night.H3915
There is nothingH369
HAamsafor a manH120
HRdHNcmsathan that he should eatH398
HToand make his soulH5315
HAamsain his labor?H5999
HPp3fswasfrom the handH3027
HCHNcfsato a manH120
HRHNcmsawho is goodH2896
HTrHAamsain His sight.H6440
HRHNcbpcHSp3msBut to the sinnerH2398
HRHVqcand to heap up,H3664
HCHRHVqcthat he may giveH5414
HRHVqcto him who is goodH2896
HNcmsaand a strivingH7469
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