The Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 – New King James Version (NKJV) – Audio Bible

Chapter 2. I said in my heart Come now I will test you with Mirth Therefore enjoy pleasure But surely this also was vanity I said of laughter Madness And of Mirth what does it accomplish I searched in my heart how to gratify My Flesh with wine While guiding my heart with wisdom And how to lay hold on Folly till I Might see what was good for the sons of Men to do under Heaven all the days of Their lives I made my works great I built myself houses and planted myself Vineyards I made myself Gardens and Orchards and I Planted all kinds of fruit trees in them I made myself water pools from which to Water the growing trees of The Grove I acquired male and female servants and Had servants born in my house Yes I had greater possessions of herds And flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me I also gathered for myself silver and Gold and the special Treasures of kings And of the provinces I acquired male and female singers the Delights of the sons of men And musical instruments of all kinds So I became great and excelled more than All who were before me in Jerusalem

Also my wisdom remained with me Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep From them I did not withhold my heart from any Pleasure for my heart rejoiced in all my Labor And this was my reward from all my labor Then I looked on all the works that my Hands had done And on the labor in which I had toiled And indeed All was vanity and grasping for the wind There was no Prophet under the sun Then I turned myself to consider wisdom And Madness and folly For what can the man do who succeeds the King Only what he has already done Then I saw that wisdom excels fully as Light excels Darkness The wise man's eyes are in his head but The fool walks in darkness Yet I myself perceived that the same Event happens to them all So I said in my heart As it happens to the fool it also Happens to me And why was I then more wise Then I said in my heart This also is Vanity For there is no more remembrance of the Wise than of the fool forever Since all that now is will be forgotten In the days to come

And how does a wise man die As the fool Therefore I hated life because the work That was done under the sun was Distressing to me For all is Vanity and grasping for the Wind Then I hated all my labor in which I had Toiled under the sun Because I must leave it to the man who Will come after me And who knows whether he will be wise or A fool Yet he will rule over all my labor in Which I toiled and in which I have shown Myself wise under the sun This also is Vanity Therefore I turned my heart and Despaired of all the labor in which I Had toiled under the sun For there is a man whose labor is with Wisdom knowledge and skill Yet he must leave his Heritage to a man Who has not labored for it This also is Vanity and a great evil For what has a man for all his labor and For the striving of his heart with which He has toiled under the sun For all his days are sorrowful And his work burdensome Even in the night his heart takes no Rest This also is Vanity Nothing is better for a man than that he

Should eat and drink and that his soul Should enjoy good in his labor This also I saw was from the hand of God For who can eat or who can have Enjoyment more than I For God gives wisdom and knowledge and Joy to a man who is good in his sight But to The Sinner he gives the work of Gathering and collecting That he may give to him who is good Before God This also is Vanity and grasping for the Wind

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