Ecclesiastes 2:6
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New International Version
I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees.

New Living Translation
I built reservoirs to collect the water to irrigate my many flourishing groves.

English Standard Version
I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees.

New American Standard Bible
I made ponds of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees.

King James Bible
I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I constructed reservoirs of water for myself from which to irrigate a grove of flourishing trees.

International Standard Version
I built for myself water reservoirs to irrigate forests that produce trees.

NET Bible
I constructed pools of water for myself, to irrigate my grove of flourishing trees.

New Heart English Bible
I made myself pools of water, to water from it the forest where trees were reared.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I made pools to water the forest of growing trees.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I made me pools of water, to water therefrom the wood springing up with trees;

New American Standard 1977
I made ponds of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I made myself pools of water, to water with them the forest that brings forth trees;

King James 2000 Bible
I made myself pools of water, with which to water the forest that brings forth trees:

American King James Version
I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that brings forth trees:

American Standard Version
I made me pools of water, to water therefrom the forest where trees were reared;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I made me ponds of water, to water therewith the wood of the young trees,

Darby Bible Translation
I made me ponds of water, to water therewith the wood, where the trees are reared.

English Revised Version
I made me pools of water, to water therefrom the forest where trees were reared:

Webster's Bible Translation
I made me pools of water, to water with them the wood that bringeth forth trees:

World English Bible
I made myself pools of water, to water from it the forest where trees were reared.

Young's Literal Translation
I made for me pools of water, to water from them a forest shooting forth trees.
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
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. 7I bought male and female slaves and I had homeborn slaves. Also I possessed flocks and herds larger than all who preceded me in Jerusalem.…
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.

Nehemiah 2:14
Then I passed on to the Fountain Gate and the King's Pool, but there was no place for my mount to pass.

Nehemiah 3:15
Shallum the son of Col-hozeh, the official of the district of Mizpah, repaired the Fountain Gate. He built it, covered it and hung its doors with its bolts and its bars, and the wall of the Pool of Shelah at the king's garden as far as the steps that descend from the city of David.

Nehemiah 3:16
After him Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, official of half the district of Beth-zur, made repairs as far as a point opposite the tombs of David, and as far as the artificial pool and the house of the mighty men.
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