Ecclesiastes 2:8
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English Standard Version
I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I got singers, both men and women, and many concubines, the delight of the sons of man.

King James Bible
I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

American Standard Version
I gathered me also silver and gold, and the treasure of kings and of the provinces; I gat me men-singers and women-singers, and the delights of the sons of men, musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I heaped together for myself silver and gold, and the wealth of kings, and provinces: I made me singing men, and singing women, and the delights of the sons of men, cups and vessels to serve to pour out wine:

English Revised Version
I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, concubines very many.

Webster's Bible Translation
I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings, and of the provinces: I procured me men-singers and women-singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and of all sorts.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"To laughter I:said: It is mad; and to mirth: What doth it issue in?" Laughter and mirth are personified; meholāl is thus not neut. (Hitz., a foolish matter), but mas. The judgment which is pronounced regarding both has not the form of an address; we do not need to supply אתּה and אתּ, it is objectively like an oratio obliqua: that it is mad; cf. Psalm 49:12. In the midst of the laughter and revelling in sensual delight, the feeling came over him that this was not the way to true happiness, and he was compelled to say to laughter, It has become mad (part. Poal, as at Psalm 102:9), it is like one who is raving mad, who finds his pleasure in self-destruction; and to joy (mirth), which disregards the earnestness of life and all due bounds, he is constrained to say, What does it result in? equals that it produces nothing, i.e., that it brings forth no real fruit; that it produces only the opposite of true satisfaction; that instead of filling, it only enlarges the inner void. Others, e.g., Luther, "What doest thou?" i.e., How foolish is thy undertaking! Even if we thus explain, the point in any case lies in the inability of mirth to make man truly and lastingly happy, - in the inappropriateness of the means for the end aimed at. Therefore עשׂה is thus meant just as in עשׂה פרי (Hitz.), and מעשׂה, effect, Isaiah 32:17. Thus Mendelssohn: What profit does thou bring to me? Regarding זה; מה־זּה equals mah-zoth, Genesis 3:13, where it is shown that the demonstrative pronoun serves here to sharpen the interrogative: What then, what in all the world!

After this revelling in sensual enjoyment has been proved to be a fruitless experiment, he searches whether wisdom and folly cannot be bound together in a way leading to the object aimed at.

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silver

1 Kings 9:14,28 And Hiram sent to the king six score talents of gold...

1 Kings 10:10 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones...

1 Kings 14:21,22,27 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign...

2 Chronicles 9:11,15-21 And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the LORD, and to the king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers...

men singers

2 Samuel 19:35 I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil? can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink?...

Ezra 2:65 Beside their servants and their maids, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven...

musical instruments

1 Chronicles 25:1,6 Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun...

Job 21:11,12 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance...

Psalm 150:3-5 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp...

Daniel 3:5,7,15 That at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music...

Amos 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David;

Cross References
2 Samuel 19:35
I am this day eighty years old. Can I discern what is pleasant and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats or what he drinks? Can I still listen to the voice of singing men and singing women? Why then should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king?

1 Kings 9:28
And they went to Ophir and brought from there gold, 420 talents, and they brought it to King Solomon.

1 Kings 10:10
Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices and precious stones. Never again came such an abundance of spices as these that the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

1 Kings 10:14
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold,

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