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I said in mine heart, Goe to now, I wil prooue thee with mirth, therfore enioy pleasure: and behold, this also is vanitie.
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I saide of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?
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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.
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I made me great workes, I builded mee houses, I planted mee Uineyards.
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I made mee gardens & orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kinde of fruits.
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I made mee pooles of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth foorth trees:
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I got me seruants and maydens, and had seruants borne in my house;
also I had great possessions of great and small cattell, aboue all that were in Ierusalem before me.
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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.
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So I was great, and increased more then all that were before mee in Ierusalem;
also my wisedome remained with me.
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And whatsoeuer mine eyes desired, I kept not from them;
I withheld not my heart from any ioy: for my heart reioyced in all my labour;
and this was my portion of all my labour.
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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.
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And I turned my selfe to behold wisedome, and madnesse and folly: for what can the man doe, that commeth after the king?
euen that which hath bene already done.
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Then I saw that wisedome excelleth folly, as farre as light excelleth darkenesse.
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The wise mans eyes are in his head, but the foole walketh in darknes: and I my selfe perceiued also that one euent happeneth to them all.
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Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the foole, so it happeneth euen to me, and why was I then more wise?
then I said in my heart, That this also is vanitie.
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For there is no remembrance of the wise, more then of the foole for euer;
seeing that which now is, in the dayes to come shall be forgotten;
and how dieth the wise man?
as the foole.
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Therefore I hated life, because the worke that is wrought vnder the Sunne is grieuous vnto mee: for all is vanitie, and vexation of spirit.
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Yea I hated all my labour which I had taken vnder the Sunne: because I should leaue it vnto the man that shalbe after mee.
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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.
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Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despaire of all the labour which I tooke vnder the Sunne.
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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.
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For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart wherein hee hath laboured vnder the Sunne?
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For all his dayes are sorrowes, and his traueile, griefe;
yea his heart taketh not rest in the night.
This is also vanitie.
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There is nothing better for a man, then that he should eat and drinke, and that he should make his soule enioy good in his labour.
This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
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For who can eate?
or who else can hasten hereunto more then I?
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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.