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The Empty Life Ecclesiastes 2. 1 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity.

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1 The Empty Life Ecclesiastes 2

2 1 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity.

3 2 I said of laughter— “Madness!”; and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?”

4 3 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,

5 till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.

6 4 I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards.

7 5 I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.

8 6 I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove.

9 7 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.

10 8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers,

11 the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments of all kinds.

12 9 So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me.

13 10 Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,

14 For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; And this was my reward from all my labor.

15 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labor in which I had toiled;

16 And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.

17 12 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.

18 13 Then I saw that wisdom excels folly As light excels darkness.

19 14 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.

20 15 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.”

21 16 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.

22 And how does a wise man die? As the fool!

23 17 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.

24 18 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.

25 19 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.

26 20 Therefore I turned my heart and despaired of all the labor in which I had toiled under the sun.

27 21 For there is a man whose labor iswith 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.

28 22 For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun?

29 23 For all his days are sorrowful, and his work burdensome; even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity.

30 24 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.

31 25 For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment, more than I?

32 that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.

33 1.EARTHY WISDOM

34 Ecc. 1:17 And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind.

35 Ecc. 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

36 James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

37 Prov. 21:30 There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the L ORD.

38 2.PLEASURE

39 Ecc. 2:1 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity.

40 Ecc. 2:10 Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,

41 For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; And this was my reward from all my labor.

42 Prov. 14:13 The house of the wicked will be overthrown, But the tent of the upright will flourish.

43 13.HUMAN LABOR

44 Ecc. 2:4-5 4 I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards.

45 5 I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them..

46 Ecc. 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labor in which I had toiled;

47 And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.

48 Luke 12:20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’

49 Ecc. 2: 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.

50 19 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.

51 4.RICHES

52 Ecc. 2:8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces.

53 I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments of all kinds.

54 Ecc. 5:10 He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; Nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.

55 Matt. 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

56 Matt. 19:20 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;

57 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

58 Ecc. 12: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.

59 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.


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