King James Bible

Ecclesiastes 1

Ecclesiastes or, The Preacher

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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? 

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. 

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. 

9

 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. 

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. 

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. 

12

 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. 

13

 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. 

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. 

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? Then I said in my heart, that this also [is] vanity. 

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. And how dieth the wise [man]? as the fool. 

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. 

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. 

19

 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. 

20

 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun. 

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. This also [is] vanity and a great evil. 

22

 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun? 

23

 For all his days [are] sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity. 

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. This also I saw, that it [was] from the hand of God. 

25

 For who can eat, or who else can hasten [hereunto], more than I? 

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 also [is] vanity and vexation of spirit. 

Ecclesiastes 3

 

 

 

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