Ecclesiastes 2:1
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New International Version
I said to myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good." But that also proved to be meaningless.

New Living Translation
I said to myself, "Come on, let's try pleasure. Let's look for the 'good things' in life." But I found that this, too, was meaningless.

English Standard Version
I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity.

New American Standard Bible
I said to myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself." And behold, it too was futility.

King James Bible
I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I said to myself, "Go ahead, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy what is good." But it turned out to be futile.

International Standard Version
I told myself, "I will test you with pleasure, so enjoy yourself." But this was pointless.

NET Bible
I thought to myself, "Come now, I will try self-indulgent pleasure to see if it is worthwhile." But I found that it also is futile.

New Heart English Bible
I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with mirth: therefore enjoy pleasure;" and behold, this also was vanity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I thought to myself, "Now I want to experiment with pleasure and enjoy myself." But even this was pointless.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I said in my heart: 'Come now, I will try thee with mirth, and enjoy pleasure'; and, behold, this also was vanity.

New American Standard 1977
I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself.” And behold, it too was futility.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I said in my heart, Come now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy good things; and, behold, this also is vanity.

King James 2000 Bible
I said in my heart, Come now, I will test you with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

American King James Version
I said in my heart, Go to now, I will prove you with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

American Standard Version
I said in my heart, Come now, I will prove thee with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also was vanity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I said in my heart: I will go, and abound with delights, and enjoy good things. And I saw that this also was vanity.

Darby Bible Translation
I said in my heart, Come now, I will try thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure. But behold, this also is vanity.

English Revised Version
I SAID in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also was vanity.

Webster's Bible Translation
I said in my heart, Come now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and behold, this also is vanity.

World English Bible
I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with mirth: therefore enjoy pleasure;" and behold, this also was vanity.

Young's Literal Translation
I said in my heart, 'Pray, come, I try thee with mirth, and look thou on gladness;' and lo, even it is vanity.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:1-11 Solomon soon found mirth and pleasure to be vanity. What does noisy, flashy mirth towards making a man happy? The manifold devices of men's hearts, to get satisfaction from the world, and their changing from one thing to another, are like the restlessness of a man in a fever. Perceiving it was folly to give himself to wine, he next tried the costly amusements of princes. The poor, when they read such a description, are ready to feel discontent. But the remedy against all such feelings is in the estimate of it all by the owner himself. All was vanity and vexation of spirit: and the same things would yield the same result to us, as to Solomon. Having food and raiment, let us therewith be content. His wisdom remained with him; a strong understanding, with great human knowledge. But every earthly pleasure, when unconnected with better blessings, leaves the mind as eager and unsatisfied as before. Happiness arises not from the situation in which we are placed. It is only through Jesus Christ that final blessedness can be attained.
Study Bible
The Futility of Pleasures
1I said to myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself." And behold, it too was futility. 2I said of laughter, "It is madness," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?"…
Cross References
Proverbs 14:13
Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief.

Ecclesiastes 7:4
The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.

Ecclesiastes 8:15
So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun.
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I said in my heart, Go to now, I will prove you with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

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Genesis 11:3,4,7 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn …

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Isaiah 5:5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will …

James 4:13 Go to now, you that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such …

James 5:1 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you.

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Ecclesiastes 8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man has no better thing under the …

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you …

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