4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself(E) and planted vineyards. Read this chapter in full. 9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem(K) before me. Peshitta, Targum, and Talmud attribute the authorship of the book to King Solomon. 25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. 2:2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives. And how dieth the wise man? All was vanity and vexation of spirit: and the same things would yield the same result to us, as to Solomon. What then do I gain by being wise?”(T)I said to myself,    “This too is meaningless.”16 For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered;(U)    the days have already come when both have been forgotten. Chapter Contents. Ecclesiastes 3:2 STU XRF TSK COM LEX . Read this chapter in full. It is better to go to the house of mourning — Where mourners meet together to celebrate the funerals of deceased friends; than to the house of feasting — Where people meet to indulge their appetites in eating and drinking, in which they frequently go to excess. Ecclesiastes 2. 2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? Kohelet - Ecclesiastes - Chapter 2 ... קִידוֹ is an earthenware cup, from which [people] drink (Gittin 68b). Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity. 22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun? 15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Two have a good reward for their toil. The flesh of man returns to the dust. Study of Pleasure-seeking. 10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. 19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? The Futility of Pleasure. 2 “Laughter,”(B) I said, “is madness. The Book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes): Chapter 2. 2. 2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. It is only through Jesus Christ that final blessedness can be attained.12-17 Solomon found that knowledge and prudence were preferable to ignorance and folly, though human wisdom and knowledge will not make a man happy. Ecclesiastes 12:7 "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. " 12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? Ecclesiastes chapter 2 KJV (King James Version) 1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.. 2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?. (AC) This too is meaningless. In the rest of Ecclesiastes 2, we’ll see the first part of the Human Quest Satisfied. 10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;    I refused my heart no pleasure.My heart took delight in all my labor,    and this was the reward for all my toil.11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done    and what I had toiled to achieve,everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;(M)    nothing was gained under the sun. 1 I said a in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with b mirth; 1 therefore enjoy pleasure"; but surely, c this also was vanity. See what fools they are, who make themselves drudges to the world, which affords a man nothing better than subsistence for the body. 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. (AE) This too, I see, is from the hand of God,(AF) 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? CHAPTER 2. 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. everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; “The fate of the fool will overtake me also. 2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? This also is vanity and vexation of spirit. 4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: 5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: 6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees: 7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: 8 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. Ecclesiastes 3 is the third chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. 2 “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. 24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink(AD) and find satisfaction in their own toil. I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity. Solomon having pronounced all vanity, and particularly knowledge and learning, which he was so far from giving himself joy of that he found the increase of it did but increase his sorrow, in this chapter he goes on to show what reason he has to be tired of this world, and with what little reason most men are fond of it. The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain. His wisdom remained with him; a strong understanding, with great human knowledge. He would build great buildings, amass great riches, gain worldwide fame and power, etc. This also is vanity and a great evil. 3 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life. But behold, this also was vanity. 13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. Ecclesiastes 2 The Vanity of Self-Indulgence. Workbook on Ecclesiastes Page #8 Assignments on Ecclesiastes 2 Please read chapter 2 and answer the following questions. 2 “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. “Laughter,” … 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but g the earth remains forever. This too is meaningless. Having food and raiment, let us therewith be content. Ecclesiastes Chapter 2. 2:24 There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and make his soul enjoy good in … Ecclesiastes chapter 2 King James Version. The pursuit of pleasure tested – and found lacking. Party Animal. Special Assignment: Explain why Solomon would be a good person to make the experiments described in the chapter. 24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. (1-11) Human wisdom insufficient. 8 I amassed silver and gold(H) for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. The poor, when they read such a description, are ready to feel discontent. Happiness arises not from the situation in which we are placed. And the spirits of just men made perfect cannot want them. Yet all of these failed to bring a lasting satisfaction to the wisest man of all time. Previous Next . (O)What more can the king’s successor do    than what has already been done? 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. (AJ) This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Others in the Midrash Aggadah (Ecc. (L) In all this my wisdom stayed with me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. And what does pleasure accomplish?” 3 I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly —my mind still guiding me with wisdom. 2000. Peshitta, Targum, and Talmud attribute the authorship of the book to King Solomon. 30 May 2012. The sage ends his message with the culmination of a … What does noisy, flashy mirth towards making a man happy? It didn't help. Ecclesiastes 7:2. Chapter 2. He says that he tried to pursue pleasure, and perk up with wine—but all the "vanity" was still getting to him. Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 1 I said in my heart: 'Come now, I will try thee with mirth, and enjoy pleasure'; and, behold, this also was vanity. But every earthly pleasure, when unconnected with better blessings, leaves the mind as eager and unsatisfied as before. 2. (1-11) Human wisdom insufficient. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called Qoheleth (="the Teacher"; Koheleth or Kohelet), composed probably between 5th to 2nd century BCE. 21 For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. Ecclesiastes Chapter 2. 5 made myself gardens and orchards, planting every kind of fruit tree in them;. As we begin (chapter 2 verses 1-11), we find that Solomon pursued fulfillment through pleasure (verse 1-2), wine (verse 3), great works (verses 4-6), wealth (verses 7-8), aesthetic and artistic pleasures (verse 8), and fame (verse 9). 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. (N), 12 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom,    and also madness and folly. "; and of mirth, "What does it accomplish?" Verse (Click for Chapter) New International Version a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, New Living Translation A time to be born and a time to die. Ecclesiastes 2. This verse and through Ecclesiastes 2:6 stresses Solomon's effort to find earthly satisfaction as a builder, or an achiever. 2. This is also vanity. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. Category » Book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) Join our mailing list. 1 I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. To seek a lasting portion in the love of Christ and the blessings it bestows, is the only way to true and satisfying enjoyment even of this present world.Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710. 4 I worked on a grand scale: built myself palaces, planted vineyards;. Enjoyment is a Gift from God. 20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun. And the utmost he can attain in this respect is to allow himself a sober, cheerful use thereof, according to his rank and condition. 1 comment Ecc4: I saw the tears of the oppressed. Sign up for these short lessons that answer basic questions about the Bible. Chapter 2 . The vanity and vexation of mirth, sensual pleasure, riches, and pomp. Od. Support JVL. 1 comment Ecc3: There is a time for everything: to live, to die, to mourn, to dance. (F) 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 2 c Vanity 2 of vanities, says a the Preacher, c vanity of vanities! Ecclesiastes 2 The Vanity of Self-Indulgence. BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD: The Holy Bible: King James Version. d All is vanity. Solomon recalls (Gen. 2:7 and 3:19), as he contemplates the end of the aging process. The vanity and vexation of mirth, sensual pleasure, riches, and pomp. 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. (1) The summary. The world is a vale of tears, even to those that have much of it. And this is the gift of God. So, let’s read Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 to begin, where we learn that enjoyment of life is a gift from God. Also, see Ecclesiastes 2:16 in this same category. Ecclesiastes goes into more detail on his drunken escapades. But the remedy against all such feelings is in the estimate of it all by the owner himself. 14 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all. 2 I y said of laughter, "It is mad," and of pleasure, "What use is it?" Ecclesiastes 2 - NIV: I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. JESUS today YOU will SAVE me. While still holding on to wisdom, he says he investigated its opposite, folly. ("Agamemnon", "Hom. (V)Like the fool, the wise too must die!(W). Join. the days have already come when both have been forgotten. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 2 I said of laughter - "Madness! 3 e What f does man gain by all the toil. 4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. (12-17) This world to be used according to the will of God. All rights reserved worldwide. at which he toils under the sun? Let the sinner seriously consider his latter end. Cancel {{#items}} {{/items}} Ecclesiastes 2. 16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. 18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me. 2 I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. Pleasures Are Meaningless. 9.1", "denarius") ... chapter 1 chapter 2 chapter 3 chapter 4 chapter 5 chapter 6 chapter 7 chapter 8 chapter 9 chapter 10 chapter 11 chapter 12. verse: 17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit. Ecclesiastes All Is Vanity. 2 I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure(A) to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. Ecclesiastes 3. 7 I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves(G) who were born in my house. 1. Ecclesiastes 2 – Life In View Of Death A. 1 I said in my heart, * “Come, now, let me try you with pleasure and the enjoyment of good things.” See, this too was vanity. 2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? The most learned of men, who dies a stranger to Christ Jesus, will perish equally with the most ignorant; and what good can commendations on earth do to the body in the grave, or the soul in hell? (18-26) Commentary on Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 (Read Ecclesiastes 2:1-11) Solomon soon found mirth and pleasure to be vanity. Chapter. This is also vanity. Donate. King James Version: Ecclesiastes Chapter 2. (I) I acquired male and female singers,(J) and a harem[a] as well—the delights of a man’s heart. Ecclesiastes Rainbow Missions, Inc., Rainbow Missions, Inc.; revision of the American Standard Version of 1901, Ed. Ecclesiastes chapter 1 KJV (King James Version) 1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.. 2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.. 3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?. Chapter. What one event does Ecclesiastes say is certain to come to both wise men and foolish men. ver 24-25; S Jdg 9:13; Ru 3:3; Ecc 3:12-13; 5:18; 8:15, S Job 2:10; Ecc 3:12-13; 5:17-19; 7:14; 9:7-10; 11:7-10, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print, NIV, Story of Jesus: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story, NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture, NIV, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture. (12-17) This world to be used according to the will of God. So that if this were all, we might be led to hate our life, as it is all vanity and vexation of spirit.18-26 Our hearts are very loth to quit their expectations of great things from the creature; but Solomon came to this at length. Having read the chapter, summarize what it is about. (Z) Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. as the fool. 17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. (P)13 I saw that wisdom(Q) is better than folly,(R)    just as light is better than darkness.14 The wise have eyes in their heads,    while the fool walks in the darkness;but I came to realize    that the same fate overtakes them both. 1 I x said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself." 1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.. 2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?. "I made me great works" (Ecclesiastes 2:4). I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity.. a. 1 The words of a the Preacher, 1 the son of David, b king in Jerusalem. 2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? 1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity. Ecclesiastes 2 is the second chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. It is the gift of God that man should find pleasure in his work. (18-26)1-11 Solomon soon found mirth and pleasure to be vanity. Read Proverbs Chapter 30. Eat This Book. 3. Riches are a blessing or a curse to a man, according as he has, or has not, a heart to make a good use of them. (X) 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 2 I said of laughter: 'It is mad'; and of mirth: 'What doth it accomplish?' Cancel {{#items}} {{/items}} Ecclesiastes 2. 1. (AA) 23 All their days their work is grief and pain;(AB) even at night their minds do not rest. 9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. 21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. Perceiving it was folly to give himself to wine, he next tried the costly amusements of princes. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. 1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity. even that which hath been already done. 1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity. (AG) 26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom,(AH) knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth(AI) to hand it over to the one who pleases God. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. But we must enjoy good in our labour; we must use those things to make us diligent and cheerful in worldly business. 26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. To those that are accepted of the Lord, he gives joy and satisfaction in the knowledge and love of him. 23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. (S), “The fate of the fool will overtake me also. Pleasures Are Meaningless. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. New International Version (NIV). The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called 'Qoheleth' (="the Teacher"; Koheleth or Kohelet), composed probably between 5th to 2nd century BC. Chapter 2. But to the sinner he allots labour, sorrow, vanity, and vexation, in seeking a worldly portion, which yet afterwards comes into better hands. 22 What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? 1 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. And what does pleasure accomplish?” 3 I tried cheering myself with wine,(C) and embracing folly(D)—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. 2:1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity. (Y) 19 And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? 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