I made gardens and parks for myself and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees; 6
I made ponds of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees. 7
I bought male and female slaves and I had homeborn slaves. Also I possessed flocks and herds larger than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. 8
Also, 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 menmany 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. 11Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.
Wisdom Excels Folly
12So I turned to consider wisdom, madness and folly; for what will the man do who will come after the king except what has already been done? 13And I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness. 14The wise mans eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I know that one fate befalls them both. 15Then I said to myself, As is the fate of the fool, it will also befall me. Why then have I been extremely wise? So I said to myself, This too is vanity. 16For there is no lasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten. And how the wise man and the fool alike die! 17So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.
The Futility of Labor
18Thus I hated all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun, for I must leave it to the man who will come after me. 19And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is vanity. 20Therefore I completely despaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun. 21When there is a man who has labored with wisdom, knowledge and skill, then he gives his legacy to one who has not labored with them. This too is vanity and a great evil. 22For what does a man get in all his labor and in his striving with which he labors under the sun? 23Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity.
24There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. 25For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him? 26For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in Gods sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
I made me gardens and parks, and I planted trees in them of all kinds of fruit;
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.
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A Prayer for Cleansing of the Heart and for Heavenly Wisdom
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Philip Schaff—History of the Christian Church, Volume I
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