Ecclesiastes 2:9
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New International Version
I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.

New Living Translation
So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me.

English Standard Version
So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me.

New American Standard Bible
Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me.

King James Bible
So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem; my wisdom also remained with me.

International Standard Version
So I became great, greater than anyone who had lived before me in Jerusalem. Throughout all of this, I remained wise.

NET Bible
So I was far wealthier than all my predecessors in Jerusalem, yet I maintained my objectivity:

New Heart English Bible
So I was great, and increased more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also remained with me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I grew richer than anyone in Jerusalem before me. Yet, my wisdom remained with me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem; also my wisdom stood me in stead.

New American Standard 1977
Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So I was great and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem, and more than that, my wisdom remained with me.

King James 2000 Bible
So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

American King James Version
So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

American Standard Version
So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I surpassed in riches all that were before me in Jerusalem: my wisdom also remained with me.

Darby Bible Translation
And I became great, and increased more than all that had been before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

English Revised Version
So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

Webster's Bible Translation
So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

World English Bible
So I was great, and increased more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also remained with me.

Young's Literal Translation
And I became great, and increased above every one who had been before me in Jerusalem; also, my wisdom stood with me.
Study Bible
The Futility of Pleasures
8Also, I collected for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I provided for myself male and female singers and the pleasures of men-- many concubines. 9Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me. 10All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor.…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 29:25
The LORD highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed on him royal majesty which had not been on any king before him in Israel.

Ecclesiastes 1:16
I said to myself, "Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge."

Ecclesiastes 5:11
When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on?
Treasury of Scripture

So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

Ecclesiastes 1:16 I communed with my own heart, saying, See, I am come to great estate…

1 Kings 3:12 Behold, I have done according to your words: see, I have given you …

1 Kings 10:7,23 However, I believed not the words, until I came, and my eyes had …

1 Chronicles 29:25 And the LORD magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel…

2 Chronicles 1:1 And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and …

2 Chronicles 9:22,23 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom…

(9-11) Kohleth carried out his plan of tempering his enjoyment with discretion, but while he took his fill of the pleasure that fell to his lot, he found in it no abiding profit. He goes on in the following paragraph to complain that the wisdom and other advantages he possessed in his search for happiness render his failure the more disheartening.

Verse 9. - So I was great (see on Ecclesiastes 1:16). This refers to the magnificence and extent of his possessions and luxury, as the former passage to the surpassing excellence of his wisdom. We may compare the mention of Abraham (Genesis 26:13), "The man waxed great, and grew more and more until he became very great" (sc. Job 1:3). Also my wisdom remained with me; perseveravit mecum (Vulgate); ἐστάθη μοι (Septuagint). In accordance with the purpose mentioned in ver. 3, he retained command of himself, studying philosophically the effects and nature of the pleasures of which he partook, and keeping ever in view the object of his pursuit. Voluptuousness was not the end which he sought, but one of the means to obtain the end; and what he calls his wisdom is not pure Divine wisdom that comes from above, but an earthly prudence and self-restraint. So I was great,.... Became famous for the great works wrought by him before mentioned;

and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem; the Targum adds, "in riches"; but it seems rather to respect his fame and glory among men; though in general it may include his increase of wealth, power, and honour, and everything that contributed to his external happiness;

also my wisdom remained with me; the Targum adds, "and it helped me"; which he exercised and showed in the government of his kingdom, in the conduct of his family, in his personal deportment and behaviour; amidst all his pleasures, he did not neglect the study of natural knowledge, nor give himself up to sordid and sinful lusts; and so was a better judge of pleasure, whether true happiness consisted in it or not. 9. great—opulent (Ge 24:35; Job 1:3; see 1Ki 10:23).

remained—(Ec 2:3).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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