Ecclesiastes 2

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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.

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HPp1cs
saidH559
HVqp1cs
in my heart,H3820
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"ComeH3212
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now, IH4994
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will testH5254
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you with pleasureH8057
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to find outH7200
HCHVqv2ms
what is good."H2896
HRHAamsa
and, behold,H2009
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thisH1931
HPp3ms
alsoH1571
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isvanity.H1892
HNcmsa

I saidH559
HVqp1cs
of laughter,H7814
HRHNcmsa
"It is madness;"H1984
HVMsmsa
and of mirth,H8057
HCHRHNcfsa
"WhatH4100
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does itH2090
HPdxfs
accomplish?"H6213
HVqrfsa

I made greatH1431
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works for myself;H4639
HNcmpcHSp1cs
I builtH1129
HVqp1cs
housesH1004
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for myself;Hl
HRHSp1cs
I plantedH5193
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vineyardsH3754
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for myself.Hl
HRHSp1cs

I madeH6213
HVqp1cs
gardensH1593
HNcfpa
and orchardsH6508
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for myself,Hl
HRHSp1cs
and I plantedH5193
HCHVqp1cs
treesH6086
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in them,Hb
HRHSp3mp
of allH3605
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fruit.H6529
HNcmsa

I boughtH7069
HVqp1cs
men slavesH5650
HNcmpa
and women slaves,H8198
HCHNcfpa
and servants were bornH1121
HCHNcmpc
in my house;H1004
HNcmsa
alsoH1571
HTa
I hadH1961
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Hl
HRHSp1cs
greatH7235
HVha
possessionsH4735
HNcmsa
of herdsH1241
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and flocks,H6629
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HRHSp1cs
above allH3605
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that wereH1961
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before meH6440
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in Jerusalem.H3389
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gatheredH3664
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silverH3701
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and goldH2091
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to myself,Hl
HRHSp1cs
and the treasureH5459
HCHNcfsc
of kingsH4428
HNcmpa
and of the provinces.H4082
HCHTdHNcfpa
I gotH6213
HVqp1cs
men singersH7891
HVqrmpa
and women singersH7891
HCHVqrfpa
for myself,Hl
HRHSp1cs
even the sensual delightsH8588
HCHNcmpc
of the sonsH1121
HNcmpc
of men,H120
HTdHNcmsa
and manyH7705
HNcfsa
women.H7705
HCHNcfpa

So I was greatH1431
HCHVqp1cs
and increasedH3254
HCHVhp1cs
more than allH3605
HRHNcmsa
that wereH1961
HTrHVqp3ms
before meH6440
HRHNcbpcHSp1cs
in Jerusalem;H3389
HRHNp
alsoH637
HTa
my wisdomH2451
HNcfscHSp1cs
remainedH5975
HVqp3fs
with me.Hl
HRHSp1cs

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HPp1cs
lookedH6437
HCHVqp1cs
on allH3605
HRHNcmsc
the worksH4639
HNcmpcHSp1cs
that my handsH3027
HNcbdcHSp1cs
had done,H6213
HTrHVqp3cp
and on the laborH5999
HCHRdHNcbsa
that I had laboredH5998
HTrHVqp1cs
to do;H6213
HRHVqc
and, behold,H2009
HCHTm
allH3605
HTdHNcmsa
isvanityH1892
HNcmsa
and a strivingH7469
HCHNcfsc
after the wind;H7307
HNcbsa
and there is noH369
HCHTn
profitH3504
HNcmsa
underH8478
HR
the sun.H8121
HTdHNcbsa

And IH589
HPp1cs
turnedH6437
HCHVqp1cs
to beholdH7200
HRHVqc
wisdom,H2451
HNcfsa
and madness,H1947
HCHNcfpa
and folly;H5531
HCHNcfsa
forH3588
HC
whatH4100
HTi
canthe manH120
HTdHNcmsa
dowho comesH935
HTrHVqi3ms
afterH310
HR
H853
HTo
the king?H4428
HTdHNcmsa
Only that whichH834
HTr
has alreadyH3528
HD
been done.H6213
HVqp3cpHSp3ms

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HTdHAamsa
eyesH5869
HNcbdcHSp3ms
arein his head;H7218
HRHNcmscHSp3ms
but the foolH3684
HCHTdHAamsa
walksH1980
HVqrmsa
in darkness;H2822
HRdHNcmsa
and IH589
HPp1cs
myself alsoH1571
HD
perceivedH3045
HCHVqp1cs
that oneH259
HAcmsa
eventH4745
HTrHNcmsa
happensH7136
HVqi3ms
H853
HTo
to all of them.H3605
HNcmscHSp3mp

ForH3588
HC
there isnoH369
HTn
memoryH2146
HNcmsc
of the wiseH2450
HRdHAamsa
more than<H5973
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of the foolH3684
HTdHAamsa
forever,H5769
HRHNcmsa
since that which is nowH3528
HRHTrHD
shall allH3605
HTdHNcmsa
be forgottenH7911
HVNp3ms
in the daysH3117
HTdHNcmpa
to come.H935
HTdHVqrmpa
And howH349
HCHTi
does the wiseH2450
HTdHAamsa
die?H4191
HVqi3ms
Even asH5973
HR
the fool!H3684
HTdHAamsa

Therefore I hatedH8130
HCHVqp1cs
H853
HTo
life;H2416
HTdHNcmpa
becauseH3588
HC
the workH4639
HTdHNcmsa
that is doneH6213
HTrHVNp3ms
underH8478
HR
the sunH8121
HTdHNcbsa
isgrievousH7451
HAamsa
to me;H5921
HRHSp1cs
forH3588
HC
allH3605
HTdHNcmsa
isvanityH1892
HNcmsa
and a strivingH7469
HCHNcfsc
after wind.H7307
HNcbsa

And whoH4310
HCHTi
knowsH3045
HVqrmsa
whetherhe shall beH1961
HVqi3ms
wiseH2450
HTiHAamsa
orH176
HC
a fool?H5530
HNcmsa
Yet he shall have ruleH7980
HCHVqi3ms
over allH3605
HRHNcmsc
my laborH5999
HNcbscHSp1cs
in which I have labored,H5998
HTrHVqp1cs
and have shown myself wiseH2449
HCHTrHVqp1cs
underH8478
HR
the sun.H8121
HTdHNcbsa
ThisH2088
HPdxms
isalsoH1571
HTa
vanity.H1892
HNcmsa

ForH3588
HC
there isH3426
HTm
a manH120
HNcmsa
whose laborH5999
HTrHNcbscHSp3ms
is in wisdom,H2451
HRHNcfsa
and in knowledge,H1847
HCHRHNcfsa
and with skill;H3788
HCHRHNcmsa
yet to a manH120
HCHRHNcmsa
who has notH3808
HTrHTn
laboredH5998
HVqp3ms
in it,Hb
HRHSp3ms
he shall leave itH5414
HVqi3msHSp3ms
forhis portion.H2506
HNcmscHSp3ms
ThisH2088
HPdxms
alsoH1571
HTa
is vanityH1892
HNcmsa
and a greatH7227
HAafsa
evil.H7451
HCHNcfsa

ForH3588
HC
whatH4100
HTi
hasH1933
HVqrmsa
manH120
HRdHNcmsa
from allH3605
HRHNcmsc
his labor,H5999
HNcbscHSp3ms
and from the strivingH7475
HCHRHNcmsc
of his heart,H3820
HNcmscHSp3ms
in whichH1931
HTrHPp3ms
he has laboredH6001
HAamsa
underH8478
HR
the sun?H8121
HTdHNcbsa

There is nothingH369
HTn
betterH2896
HAamsa
for a manH120
HRdHNcmsa
than that he should eatH398
HTrHVqi3ms
and drinkH8354
HCHVqq3ms
H853
HTo
and make his soulH5315
HNcbscHSp3ms
seeH7200
HCHVhq3ms
goodH2896
HAamsa
in his labor?H5999
HRHNcbscHSp3ms
ThisH2090
HPdxms
IH589
HPp1cs
alsoH1571
HTa
saw,H7200
HVqp1cs
thatH3588
HC
itH1931
HPp3fs
wasfrom the handH3027
HRHNcbsc
of God.H430
HTdHNcmpa

ForH3588
HC
GodgivesH5414
HVqp3ms
wisdom,H2451
HNcfsa
and knowledge,H1847
HCHNcfsa
and joyH8057
HCHNcfsa
to a manH120
HRHNcmsa
who is goodH2896
HTrHAamsa
in His sight.H6440
HRHNcbpcHSp3ms
But to the sinnerH2398
HCHRdHVqrmsa
He givesH5414
HVqp3ms
labor,H6045
HNcmsa
to gatherH622
HRHVqc
and to heap up,H3664
HCHRHVqc
that he may giveH5414
HRHVqc
to him who is goodH2896
HRHAamsa
beforeH6440
HRHNcbpc
God.H430
HTdHNcmpa
ThisH2088
HPdxms
alsoH1571
HTa
isvanityH1892
HNcmsa
and a strivingH7469
HCHNcfsc
after wind.H7307
HNcbsa

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