[1] (. 15 I saw all the living who move about under the sun, along with that2 youth who was to stand in the king’s3 place. What does verse 1 validate? 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. Ecclesiastes 2:1 The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath”; also verses 11, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26 (see note on 1:2) Ecclesiastes 2:8 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity.2 Sign up for an account to try it FREE for 30 days. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. This also is vanity. 10  Is there a thing of which it is said, 11  There is no nremembrance of former things,4, 12 I othe Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. at which he toils under the sun? 25 for apart from him4 who can eat or who can have enjoyment? sdefend the rights of tthe poor and needy. Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. 28  Her children rise up and call her blessed; 30  lCharm is deceitful, and beauty is vain. But behold, this also was vanity. d All is vanity. Peshitta, Targum, and Talmud attribute the authorship of the book to King Solomon. Ecclesiastes 7 English Standard Version The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly 1 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. 11 He has amade everything beautiful in its time. Bible> ESV> Ecclesiastes 2. Ecclesiastes All Is Vanity. Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. 18 I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but nbeasts. 5  lest they drink and forget what has been decreed. 9 So I became great and (O)surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. 12 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. This also is vanity and a great evil. I (E)built houses and planted (F)vineyards for myself. 6:17]. Check out our free church library, church online resources, and family resources. 4  A generation goes, and a generation comes. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. 1. d All is vanity. Even in the night his heart does not rest. Where was he king? and mpervert the rights of all the afflicted. 1 The words of a the Preacher, 1 the son of David, b king in Jerusalem. kThis also is vanity and a striving after wind. Ecclesiastes 1 - 2 All Is Vanity. 15 That which is, halready has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God iseeks what has been driven away.1. I said of laughter, "It is mad," and of pleasure, "What use is it?" Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:23! 11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was ovanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing pto be gained under the sun. [a] 2 I (B)said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” 3 I (C)searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine—my heart still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on (D)folly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life. 1 The words of a the Preacher, 1 the son of David, b king in Jerusalem. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is rvanity7 and a striving after wind.8. 2 And I ythought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. 14:13] said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” 3 I # [ch. 12 qSo I turned to consider rwisdom and madness and folly. The Vanity of Self-Indulgence. Yet those who come later will not rejoice in him. Ecclesiastes 2 English Standard Version The Vanity of Self-Indulgence 1 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. 13 Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness. Ecclesiastes 2:8 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. 3 I zsearched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine—my heart still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on afolly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life. English Standard Version; Ecclesiastes 2 Ecclesiastes 2. But behold, this also was vanity. 13 And I papplied my heart6 to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. Also my (P)wisdom remained with me. I got (M)singers, both men and women, and many (N)concubines,[b] the delight of the sons of man. It is an unhappy [q] Ecclesiastes 2:23, Ecclesiastes 2:26; Ecclesiastes 3:10; [Genesis 3:19] business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 13 Better was ja poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how kto take advice. Surely this also is mvanity and a striving after wind. 14 I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; gnothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. Ecclesiastes 2 - ESV > Read Ecclesiastes 2 online (ESV) Related topics. 2 c Vanity 2 of vanities, says a the Preacher, c vanity of vanities! This also is vanity and a great evil. 3 But zbetter than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun. 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. And yet I perceived that the (Y)same event happens to all of them. 10 And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. Ecclesiastes 2:8 - ESV - I also gathered for myself silver and gold and... Study verse in the English Standard Version 16 I said in my heart, “I have acquired great twisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” 16 For of the wise as of the fool there is wno enduring remembrance, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. 3:12, 13, 22; 5:18; 8:15; [1 Tim. 27  She looks well to the ways of her household. Ecclesiastes All Is Vanity. This … This also is avanity1 and a striving after wind. Read Ecclesiastes 1 from the ESV Bible online. 12 (U)So I turned to consider (V)wisdom and madness and folly. Ecclesiastes 2 is the second chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. Why then have I been so very wise?” And I said in my heart that this also is vanity. 7. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 2:3, ESV: "I searched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine—my heart still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life." Ecclesiastes 1:2 The Hebrew term hebel, translated vanity or vain, refers concretely to a “mist,” “vapor,” or “mere breath,” and metaphorically to something that is fleeting or elusive (with different nuances depending on the context). 1 The words of athe Preacher,1 the son of David, bking in Jerusalem. 2:1 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. 16 Moreover, jI saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even kthere was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness. 22 What has a man from call the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? Ecclesiastes 2 English Standard Version (ESV) The Vanity of Self-Indulgence. 17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for (AC)all is vanity and a striving after wind. Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun. Looking to help your church and family stay connected to the Word while social distancing? 16 There was no end of all the people, all of whom he led. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 4. Who was the penman's father? 7 I bought male and female slaves, and had eslaves who were born in my house. ~ Ecclesiastes 2:11 ESV. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot bfind out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 3. I had also great possessions of (I)herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil. 16 For of the wise as of the fool there is (AA)no enduring remembrance, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. I perceived that this also is but ra striving after wind. and let her works praise her in the gates. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. 8 I also gathered for myself silver and (J)gold and the treasure of (K)kings and (L)provinces. Ecclesiastes 2:2 ESV I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” ~ Ecclesiastes 2:2 ESV #ecclesiastes 2:2 #ecclesiastes #laughter #ecclesiastes 2 Ecclesiastes 2:24 Or and make his soul see good. 13 also ethat everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is fGod’s gift to man. Subscribe to a study package to unlock the ESV Study Bible, the interactive Knowing the Bible study series, the Preaching the Word commentary series, and more. 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but g the earth remains forever. 20 So I aturned about and gave my heart up to despair bover all the toil of my labors under the sun, Why then have I been so very wise?” And I said in my heart that this also is vanity. (Pr 22:1; Ec 4:2; So 1:3). 26 For to the one who pleases him (AN)God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given (AO)the business of gathering and collecting, (AP)only to give to one who pleases God. 6 I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees. 24 fThere is nothing better for a person than that he should geat and drink and find enjoyment3 in his toil. Ecclesiastes 2:26 NIV Ecclesiastes 2:26 NLT Ecclesiastes 2:26 ESV Ecclesiastes 2:26 NASB Ecclesiastes 2:26 KJV Ecclesiastes 2:26 Bible Apps Ecclesiastes 2:26 Biblia Paralela Ecclesiastes 2:26 Chinese Bible Ecclesiastes 2:26 French Bible Ecclesiastes 2:26 German Bible Bible Hub ESV … 6 dBetter is a handful of equietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. 2 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. 24 (AK)There is nothing better for a person than that he should (AL)eat and drink and find enjoyment[c] in his toil. 4 uAgain I vsaw all wthe oppressions that are done under the sun. 1. Who penned Ecclesiastes? 17 And I uapplied my heart to know wisdom and to know vmadness and folly. 21 because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. 2. Ecclesiastes 2 . It is an unhappy qbusiness that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. The book contains philosophical speeches by a character called Qoheleth (="the Teacher"; Koheleth or Kohelet), composed probably between 5th to 2nd century BCE. 18 I hated yall my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must zleave it to the man who will come after me, 2 I ysaid of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” # 2:1 The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath”; also verses 11, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26 (see note on 1:2) 2 I # [Prov. and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. (AQ)This also is vanity and a striving after wind. 15 Then I said in my heart, v“What happens to the fool will happen to me also. 2 1 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. 7 uAgain, I saw vanity under the sun: The Teacher relates his life experience from his search for meaning. Ecclesiastes 2:12-17 ESV. God has done it, so that people fear before him. but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 5. Solomon, besides being the wisest man, was also the richest man. 17 I said in my heart, lGod will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is ma time for every matter and for every work. 6. 4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. 3 e What f does man gain by all the toil. and what has been done is what will be done. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart mfound pleasure in all my toil, and this was my nreward for all my toil. 11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was (S)vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing (T)to be gained under the sun. 22  She makes dbed coverings for herself; when he sits among the elders of the land. 20 All go to one place. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 3 e What f does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? 13 Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness. 10 And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. In fact, what we’ll see now is Dead Ends in the Journey for Satisfaction in Life. 17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for oall is vanity and a striving after wind. 4 I made great works. d All is vanity. 5 h The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens 3 to the place where it rises. 22 What has a man from (AH)all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? (Ecclesiastes 3:1-5:20) The Teacher gives practical advice on wisdom and obedience. Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 English Standard Version (ESV) 10 And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. 14 For he went lfrom prison to the throne, though in his own kingdom he had been born poor. 1 I x said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself." Genesis 13:2; Ecclesiastes 2:8 Read chapter in English Standard Version. Only what has already been done. 15 Then I said in my heart, (Z)“What happens to the fool will happen to me also. (By the way, this is another title borrowed from Leland Ryken. This also, I saw, is (AM)from the hand of God, 25 for apart from him[d] who can eat or who can have enjoyment? 31 The words of King Lemuel. But I’m afraid to say that in this section we’re in for more vanity. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 6 I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees. 14  She is like the ships of the merchant; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. For what can the man do who comes after the king? 19 and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Who can bring him to see twhat will be after him? ESV Study Bible, Large Print, TruTone, Mahogany with Trellis Design, My-iBible, ESV, Voice-Only Digital Bible Player, Romans, ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal, ESV Large-Print Study Bible--soft leather-look, walnut with Celtic imprint design. 23 For (AI)all his days are full of sorrow, and his (AJ)work is a vexation. Ecclesiastes 2 The Vanity of Self-Indulgence. Ecclesiastes 2 - I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also [is] vanity. Only swhat has already been done. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart (Q)found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my (R)reward for all my toil. Ecclesiastes Chapter 1 Questions. 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, ibut how can one keep warm alone? and hastens3 to the place where it rises. This also, I saw, is hfrom the hand of God, Ecclesiastes - Chapter 2 (ESV) Font Size + -The Vanity of Self-Indulgence. The pursuit of pleasure tested – and found lacking. Ecc 2:26 - For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. All are from pthe dust, and to dust all return. 20 So I (AF)turned about and gave my heart up to despair (AG)over all the toil of my labors under the sun, 21 because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. 23 For dall his days are full of sorrow, and his ework is a vexation. 21 Who knows whether qthe spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? Also my lwisdom remained with me. I got j singers, both men and women, and many k concubines, 2 the delight of the sons of man. For what can the man do who comes after the king? Outline of the Book of Ecclesiastes . 2 Corinthians 5:17 creation Jesus rebirth. What does "vanity", in theses Scriptures, mean? I got jsingers, both men and women, and many kconcubines,2 the delight of the sons of man. Read Ecclesiastes 2 from the ESV Bible online. I had also great possessions of fherds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. 18  She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. 1 I # Luke 12:19 said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. English Standard Version (ESV), The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain, Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts, ch. Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Love; Hope; Faith; Family; Worship; Prayer; More Topics... Bible verse of the day Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. at which he toils under the sun? 5 h The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens 3 to the place where it rises. 10 I have seen ythe business that zGod has given to the children of man to be busy with. 2 I (A)said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. (Ecclesiastes 6:1-8:17) And yet I perceived that the usame event happens to all of them. So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly. 6  Give strong drink to the one who nis perishing, 7  plet them drink and forget their poverty, for the rights of all who are destitute.3. The wise person has his eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. 3 For everything there is a season, and la time for every matter under heaven: 2  a time to be born, and a time to mdie; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 5  a time to pcast away stones, and a time to qgather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to rrefrain from embracing; a time to keep, and a time to tcast away; a time to vkeep silence, and a time to speak; 9 What xgain has the worker from his toil? This also is vanity. 24  She makes hlinen garments and sells them; 25  iStrength and dignity are her clothing. Ecclesiastes 5:15 greed materialism heaven I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man. Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness. 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but g the earth remains forever. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. Footnotes. Ecclesiastes 2 – Life In View Of Death A. Ecclesiastes 2 - ESV: I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself." 4 I made great works. 5 I made myself dgardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. An oracle that his mother taught him: 2  What are you doing, my son?1 What are you doing, fson of my womb? 8. 1 The words of a the Preacher, 1 the son of David, b king in Jerusalem.. 2 c Vanity 2 of vanities, says a the Preacher, c vanity of vanities! 1I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.”. 2  cVanity2 of vanities, says athe Preacher. What does "Ecclesiastes" mean? 21  She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in cscarlet.6. (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2:26) The Teacher reflects on what he has learned about achievement, wealth, power, and other earthly pursuits. This also is vanity. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had xno one to comfort them! and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. (1) The summary. 22 So I saw that there is rnothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for sthat is his lot. But behold, this also was vanity. 8 I also gathered for myself silver and ggold and the treasure of hkings and iprovinces. 5 The fool bfolds his hands and ceats his own flesh. 3 e What f does man gain by all the toil. Even in the night his heart does not rest. 2 c Vanity 2 of vanities, says a the Preacher, c vanity of vanities! Ecclesiastes 2:26: For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. Only (W)what has already been done. 12 I perceived that there is cnothing better for them than to be joyful and to ddo good as long as they live; 18 I hated (AD)all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must (AE)leave it to the man who will come after me, 19 and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? #gain the whole world #ecclesiastes 2:11 #priorities #ecclesiastes #materialism #ecclesiastes 2 … What does the penman express, over and over, in this book? English Standard Version. (AB)How the wise dies just like the fool! 11  The heart of her husband trusts in her. 2 I xsaid in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity.1 2:1 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. 2 I y said of laughter, "It is mad," and of pleasure, "What use is it?" 2 I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” I bbuilt houses and planted cvineyards for myself. 7 I bought male and female slaves, and had (H)slaves who were born in my house. 5 I made myself (G)gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. For what can the man do who comes after the king? The Vanity of Self-Indulgence 1I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself." Ecclesiastes 2:8 8 I also gathered for myself silver and g gold and the treasure of h kings and i provinces. 26 For to the one who pleases him iGod has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given ethe business of gathering and collecting, jonly to give to one who pleases God. xHow the wise dies just like the fool! It appears five times in this verse and in 29 other verses in Ecclesiastes Cancel any time. 9 So I became great and lsurpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. 19 oFor what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. 8 one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his feyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, g“For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?” This also is vanity and an unhappy hbusiness. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. 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