Ecclesiastes 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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I said in mine heart, Goe to now, I wil prooue thee with mirth, therfore enioy pleasure: and behold, this also is vanitie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I said to myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself. And behold, it too was futility."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I said in my heart, Come now, I will prove thee with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also was vanity.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I said in my heart, I will give you joy for a test; so take your pleasure--but it was to no purpose.
- Basic English Bible

I said in my heart, Come now, I will try thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure. But behold, this also is vanity.
- Darby Bible

I said in my heart, Come now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and behold, this also is vanity.
- Webster's Bible

I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with mirth: therefore enjoy pleasure;" and behold, this also was vanity.
- World English Bible

I said in my heart, `Pray, come, I try thee with mirth, and look thou on gladness;' and lo, even it [is] vanity.
- Youngs Literal Bible

I said in my heart: 'Come now, I will try thee with mirth, and enjoy pleasure'; and, behold, this also was vanity.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 2:1


2:1 I said - Being disappointed of my hopes from knowledge, I resolved to try another course. Go to - O my soul! I will try whether I cannot make thee happy, by the enjoyment of sensual delights. Vanity - Is vain, and unable to make men happy.


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