Ecclesiastes Chapter 2
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1 The vanitie of humane courses in the workes of pleasure. 12 Though the wise be better then the foole, yet both haue one euent. 18 The vanitie of humane labour, in leauing it they know not to whom. 24 Nothing better then ioy in our labour, but that is Gods gift.
3 I sought in mine heart to giue my selfe vnto wine, (yet acquainting mine heart with wisedome) and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sonnes of men, which they should doe vnder the heauen all the dayes of their life.3
8 I gathered mee also siluer and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the prouinces: I gate mee men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sonnes of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.8
11 Then I looked on all the workes that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to doe: and behold, all was vanitie, and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit vnder the Sunne.11
19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a foole? yet shall he haue rule ouer all my labour, wherein I haue laboured, and wherein I haue shewed my selfe wise vnder the Sunne. This is also vanitie.19
21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisedome and in knowledge, and in equitie: yet to a man that hath not laboured therein, shall hee leaue it for his portion; This also is vanitie, and a great euill.21
26 For God giueth to a man that is good in his sight, wisedome, and knowledge, and ioy: but to the sinner hee giueth traueile, to gather and to heape vp that he may giue to him that is good before God: This also is vanitie and vexation of spirit.26
Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
3 Chap. 1. 17. , Hebr. to draw my flesh with wine. , Hebr. the number of the dayes of their life.
7 Heb. sonnes of my house.
8 1. King.9. 28. and 10. 4. , Hebr. musicall instrument, and instruments.
12 Chap. 1. 17. and 7. 23. , Or, in those things which haue bene already done.
13 Hebr. That there is an excellencie in Wisedome more then in folly,&c.
14 Prou. 17. 24. chap. 8. 1.
15 Hebr. happeneth to me, euen to me.
18 Hebr. laboured.
19 Psal.49. 11. &c.
21 Hebr. giue.
22 Chap.1.3. and 3.9.
23 Iob 14.1.
24 Cha. 3.12, 22. and 5. 17. and 8. 15. , Or, delight his senses.
26 Hebr. before him. , Iob 27. 17.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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