Ecclesiastes 2:4
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New International Version
I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards.

New Living Translation
I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards.

English Standard Version
I made great works. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself.

New American Standard Bible
I enlarged my works: I built houses for myself, I planted vineyards for myself;

King James Bible
I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I increased my achievements. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself.

International Standard Version
With respect to my extravagant works, I built houses for myself; I planted vineyards for myself.

NET Bible
I increased my possessions: I built houses for myself; I planted vineyards for myself.

New Heart English Bible
I made myself great works. I built myself houses. I planted myself vineyards.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I accomplished some great things: I built houses for myself. I planted vineyards for myself.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards;

New American Standard 1977
I enlarged my works: I built houses for myself, I planted vineyards for myself;

Jubilee Bible 2000
I made myself great works; I built myself houses; I planted myself vineyards;

King James 2000 Bible
I made myself great works; I built houses; I planted vineyards:

American King James Version
I made me great works; I built me houses; I planted me vineyards:

American Standard Version
I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards;

Douay-Rheims Bible
I made me great works, I built me houses, and planted vineyards,

Darby Bible Translation
I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards;

English Revised Version
I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards;

Webster's Bible Translation
I made me great works; I built me houses; I planted me vineyards:

World English Bible
I made myself great works. I built myself houses. I planted myself vineyards.

Young's Literal Translation
I made great my works, I builded for me houses, I planted for me vineyards.
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
3I explored with my mind how to stimulate my body with wine while my mind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of folly, until I could see what good there is for the sons of men to do under heaven the few years of their lives. 4I enlarged my works: I built houses for myself, I planted vineyards for myself; 5I made gardens and parks for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees;…
Cross References
1 Kings 7:1
Now Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.

Song of Solomon 8:11
"Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; He entrusted the vineyard to caretakers. Each one was to bring a thousand shekels of silver for its fruit.
Treasury of Scripture

I made me great works; I built me houses; I planted me vineyards:

made

Genesis 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top …

2 Samuel 18:18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a …

Daniel 4:30 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have …

I builded

Deuteronomy 8:12-14 Lest when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses, …

1 Kings 7:1,2,8-12 But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished …

1 Kings 9:1 And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the …

1 Kings 15:19 There is a league between me and you, and between my father and your …

1 Kings 10:19,20 The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: …

2 Chronicles 8:1-6,11 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, wherein Solomon had …

i planted

1 Chronicles 27:27 And over the vineyards was Shimei the Ramathite: over the increase …

2 Chronicles 26:10 Also he built towers in the desert, and dig many wells: for he had …

Songs 1:14 My beloved is to me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.

Songs 7:12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, …

Songs 8:11,12 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard to keepers…

Isaiah 5:1 Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching …

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