Ecclesiastes 2:5
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New International Version
I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.

New Living Translation
I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees.

English Standard Version
I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees.

New American Standard Bible
I made gardens and parks for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees;

King James Bible
I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I made gardens and parks for myself and planted every kind of fruit tree in them.

International Standard Version
I constructed gardens and orchards for myself, and within them I planted all kinds of fruit trees.

NET Bible
I designed royal gardens and parks for myself, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.

New Heart English Bible
I made myself gardens and parks, and I planted trees in them of all kinds of fruit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I made gardens and parks for myself. I planted every kind of fruit tree in them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I made me gardens and parks, and I planted trees in them of all kinds of fruit;

New American Standard 1977
I made gardens and parks for myself, and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees;

Jubilee Bible 2000
I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits;

King James 2000 Bible
I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them with all kind of fruit:

American King James Version
I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:

American Standard Version
I made me gardens and parks, and I planted trees in them of all kinds of fruit;

Douay-Rheims Bible
I made gardens, and orchards, and set them with trees of all kinds,

Darby Bible Translation
I made me gardens and parks, and I planted trees in them of every kind of fruit;

English Revised Version
I made me gardens and parks, and I planted trees in them of all kinds of fruit:

Webster's Bible Translation
I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:

World English Bible
I made myself gardens and parks, and I planted trees in them of all kinds of fruit.

Young's Literal Translation
I made for me gardens and paradises, and I planted in them trees of every fruit.
Study Bible
The Futility of Pleasures
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; 6I made ponds of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 2:8
and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress which is by the temple, for the wall of the city and for the house to which I will go." And the king granted them to me because the good hand of my God was on me.

Song of Solomon 4:13
"Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates With choice fruits, henna with nard plants,

Song of Solomon 4:16
"Awake, O north wind, And come, wind of the south; Make my garden breathe out fragrance, Let its spices be wafted abroad. May my beloved come into his garden And eat its choice fruits!"

Song of Solomon 5:1
"I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, friends; Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers."
Treasury of Scripture

I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:

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Songs 4:12-16 A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain …

Songs 5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my …

Songs 6:2 My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to …

Jeremiah 39:4 And it came to pass, that when Zedekiah the king of Judah saw them, …

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Genesis 2:8,9 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he …

Luke 17:27-29 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in …

(5) Orchards.--Rather, parks. The word, which occurs also in Song of Solomon 4:3, Nehemiah 2:8, is originally Persian, and passed into the Greek and into modern languages in the form of "paradise" (Luke 23:43; 2Corinthians 12:4; and in LXX., Genesis 2:10; Genesis 13:10; Numbers 24:6; Isaiah 1:30; Ecclesiasticus 24:30; Susan. 5:4). Parks and trees giving, not only fruit, but shade from the hot Eastern sun, were an almost necessary part of kingly luxury. The king's garden is spoken of in 1Kings 21:2; 2Kings 21:18; 2Kings 25:4; Nehemiah 3:15.

Verse 5. - I made me gardens and orchards. Solomon's love of gardens appears throughout the Canticles (Song of Solomon 6:2, etc.). He had a king's garden on the slope of the hills south of the city (2 Kings 25:4); and Beth-hacchemm, "the House of the Vine," at Ain Karim, about six miles east of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 6:1); and at Baal-hamon another extensive vineyard (Song of Solomon 8:11). The word rendered "orchard" (parder) occurs also in Song of Solomon 4:13 and Nehemiah 2:8. It is a Persian word, and passed into the Greek form παράδειος (Xenophon, 'Anab.,' 1:2.7), meaning "a park" planted with forest and fruit trees, and containing herds of animals. It is probably derived from the Zend oairidaeza," an enclosure." (For the trees in such parks, see Song of Solomon 4:13, 14; and for an estimate of Solomon's works, Josephus, 'Ant.,' 8:07. 3.) I made me gardens and orchards,.... Of the king's garden, we read Jeremiah 39:4. Adrichomius (b) makes mention of a royal garden in the suburbs of Jerusalem, fenced with walls; and was a paradise of fruit trees, herbs, spices, and flowers; abounded with all kind of fruit, exceeding pleasant and delightful to the senses: and, as Solomon was so great a botanist, and knew the nature and use of all kinds of trees and herbs, 1 Kings 4:33; no doubt but he has a herbal garden, well stocked with everything of that kind, curious and useful; see 1 Kings 21:2. Gardens are made for pleasure as well as profit; Adam, as soon as created, was put into a garden, to add to his natural pleasure and felicity, as well as for his employment, Genesis 2:8; and the pleasure of walking in a garden, and partaking of the fruits of it, are alluded to by Solomon, Sol 4:12;

and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits; which, as before observed, he had thorough knowledge of, and many of which were brought him from foreign parts; and all served to make his gardens, orchards, parks, forests, and enclosures, very pleasant and delectable. The Targum adds,

"some for food, others for drink, and others for medicine.''

(b) Theatrum Terrae Sanctae, p. 170. 5. gardens—Hebrew, "paradises," a foreign word; Sanskrit, "a place enclosed with a wall"; Armenian and Arabic, "a pleasure ground with flowers and shrubs near the king's house, or castle." An earthly paradise can never make up for the want of the heavenly (Re 2:7).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.
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