OR, THE PREACHER
All the riches and wealth of the king were vanity and vexation of spirit—Wisdom excelleth folly—God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to man.
in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with amirth
, therefore enjoy bpleasure
: and, behold, this also is
I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?
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.
I made me great works; I abuilded
me houses; I planted me vineyards:
I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:
I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:
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:
I gathered me also silver and agold
, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the bprovinces
: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as
musical instruments, and that of all sorts.
So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.
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 alabour
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.
¶ And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.
Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth adarkness
The wise man’s eyes are
in his head; but the fool walketh in adarkness
: and I myself perceived also that one bevent
happeneth to them all.
Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more awise
? Then I said in my heart, that this also is
For there is
of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is
in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how bdieth
the wise man?
as the fool.
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is
grievous unto me: for all is
vanity and avexation
¶ 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.
And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
Therefore I went about to cause my heart to adespair
of all the labour which I took under the sun.
For there is a man whose labour is
in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in aequity
; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for
his portion. This also is bvanity
and a great evil.
For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?
For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.
¶ There is
nothing better for a man, than
that he should eat and drink, and that
he should make his asoul
enjoy good in his blabour
. This also I saw, that it was
from the hand of God.
For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?
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 agood
before God. This also is
vanity and vexation of spirit.