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Ecclesiastes 2 - AMP

2 I said of laughter, It is mad, and of pleasure, What does it accomplish? 3 I searched in my mind how to cheer my body with wine--yet at the same time having my mind hold its course and guide me with wisdom--and how to lay hold of folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives. 4 I made great works; I built myself houses, I planted vineyards. 5 I made for myself gardens and orchards and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. 6 I made for myself pools of water from which to water the forest and make the trees bud. 7 I bought menservants and maidservants and had servants born in my house. Also I had great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. 8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and of the provinces. I got for myself men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men--Solomon's reign began under most promising conditions: he ``loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father... All Israel... feared the king , for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment" (I Kings 3:3, 2KJV). But soon his own ``wisdom" alone was guiding him. He openly affronted God by taking many wives, including even heathen women. They seduced him into tolerating and even practicing idolatry (I Kings 11:1ff.).concubines very many. 9 So I became great and increased more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me and stood by me. 10 And whatever my eyes desired I kept not from them; I withheld not my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor, and this was my portion and reward for all my toil. 11 Then I looked on all that my hands had done and the labor I had spent in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it, and there was no profit under the sun. 12 So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly; for what can the man do who succeeds the king? Nothing but what has been done already. 13 Then I saw that even wisdom is better than folly as far as light is better than darkness. 14 The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness; and yet I perceived that one event happens to them both. 15 Then said I in my heart, As it happens to the fool, so it will happen even to me. And of what use is it then for me to be more wise? Then I said in my heart, This also is vanity (emptiness, vainglory, and futility)! 16 For of the wise man, the same as of the fool, there is no permanent remembrance, since in the days to come all will be long forgotten. And how does the wise man die? Even as the fool! 17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it. 18 And I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will succeed me. 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have dominion over all my labor in which I have toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)! 20 So I turned around and gave my heart up to despair over all the labor of my efforts under the sun. 21 For here is a man whose labor is with wisdom and knowledge and skill; yet to a man who has not toiled for it he must leave it all as his portion. This also is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility) and a great evil! 22 For what has a man left from all his labor and from the striving and vexation of his heart in which he has toiled under the sun? 23 For all his days are but pain and sorrow, and his work is a vexation and grief; his mind takes no rest even at night. This is also vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)! 24 There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink and make himself enjoy good in his labor. Even this, I have seen, is from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat or who can have enjoyment any more than I can--According to The Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament) and The Syriac reading: Jesus recognized the unprecedented glory which Solomon's human wisdom had brought him, but He said that Solomon arrayed in all of it was not equal in glory to one tiny lily of the field--which God's wisdom had made (Matt. 6:29).apart from Him ? 26 For to the person who pleases Him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and heaping up, that he may give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it.



Sermons on Ecclesiastes 2 More sermons: Ecclesiastes 2

Reverend Cooper McWhirter avatar
An Age of Nonsense: "The Futility of Labor" [Part Three]
Shared by: Reverend Cooper McWhirter on Sep, 2016
Summary: Passing the baton. Establishing proper motives
Larry Turner avatar
Solomon's Trophy Case
Shared by: Larry Turner on Aug, 2016
Summary: Many NFL players achieved great success but never achieved the greatest, winning the Super Bowl. The aged Solomon reflects on the fact that he had huge success but was lacking the greatest.
William R. Nabaza avatar
Please GOD not men
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Jul, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD gives us wisdom, knowledge and joy in this world because of the LORD JESUS CHRIST that pleased Him, who dwells on our insides, and GOD gave the task for sinners to work and heap up wealth and riches to hand it all to us.
Kelly Durant avatar
I Did Not Sign Up For This (Life)! The Dilemma of Our Lot In Life
Shared by: Kelly Durant on Jul, 2016
Summary: Many people are unhappy about the life they have to live. Even the rich are not satisfied. In life we have to learn to suppress our selves from high expectations and just content ourselves in God's service!
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:17
Denomination: Salvation Army
Views: 240
John Hamby avatar
When All You Have Ever Wanted Is Not Enough
Shared by: John Hamby on Mar, 2016
Summary: Dealing with people who live under the false hope of "I will be happy ....?
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 861
John Hamby avatar
"I Hate Life"
Shared by: John Hamby on Mar, 2016
Summary: Searching for the answer to the age old question, "Is life worth living?"
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 573
Tom Shepard avatar
Ecclesiastes Chapter Two
Shared by: Tom Shepard on Nov, 2015
Summary: This is a verse by verse look at Ecclesiastes chapter two.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-26
Denomination: Independent Bible
Views: 1,352
Michael Deutsch avatar
Pursuing . . .
Shared by: Michael Deutsch on Jul, 2015
Summary: part 2 looks at Solomon's attempts to find joy through other means.
Jeff Strite avatar
Boredom On The Job
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Jul, 2015
Summary: Boredom is a constant complaint of many workers, but Solomon points to the one thing that can turn the emptiness of the workplace into a powerful tool for our faith. What is this "one thing" that can makes such a big difference for us?
Jeff Strite avatar
What's Your Pleasure?
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Jul, 2015
Summary: Solomon looked for pleasure in his achievements, his possessions and in his entertainment and yet finds it all to be empty and meaningless. Is there something wrong with seeking pleasure, or is there another problem?
based on 12 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Views: 9,269
Jeff Strite avatar
Is There Wisdom in Wisdom?
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Jun, 2015
Summary: God was pleased to give Solomon His wisdom and Solomon often spoke of the importance of seeking that wisdom. So, why was Solomon telling us here in Ecclesiastes that wisdom is empty and disappointing?
based on 12 ratings
Views: 7,309
MELVIN NEWLAND avatar
A CHASING AFTER THE WIND
Shared by: MELVIN NEWLAND on May, 2015
Summary: Let's look at the Book of Ecclesiastes & review some of the things that Solomon tells us about his life - when he came to the edge of the cliff, what he saw, & the conclusions he reached. (PowerPoints available - #170)
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:11
Views: 3,082
Jim Kilson avatar
The God of Pleasure
Shared by: Jim Kilson on Nov, 2014
Summary: Part 2 of 5 in a series on the false gods of this world (i.e. of our own creation) that vie to be the ultimate object of our worship.
Jeffery Anselmi avatar
Work: The Achievement Syndrome
Shared by: Jeffery Anselmi on Sep, 2014
Summary: Work is a necessity and can be a joy, but when our focus gets off kilter, we will not be satisfied! Solomon writes of his frustration with work and life. Let's see what we learn to avoid the frustration!
Mark A. Barber avatar
Is it All About Me?
Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Jan, 2014
Summary: Some people think the world is about them and let you know that.
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 525
Mark A. Barber avatar
Does the World End When You Die?
Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Jan, 2014
Summary: Spend your kid's inheritance while you can. After all the world will die with you. This is the wisdom of the world. Is that any way to live? And what happens to you when you die?
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 286
Mark A. Barber avatar
God is the Source of All Joy
Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Jan, 2014
Summary: God is the source of all joy; that is, if you are His.
John McCormack avatar
BREAKING THROUGH
Shared by: John McCormack on Nov, 2013
Summary: ALL IS NOT VANE IN CHRIST!
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:9
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 477
Scott Kircher avatar
Solomon - Wealth, Wisdom & a Worthless Life
Shared by: Scott Kircher on Aug, 2013
Summary: Have you ever sought fulfillment in life from the things God has given rather than from God? Solomon had a great start, but then lost his first love and turned to things to find fulfillment, but found nothing but emptiness.
Scott Chambers avatar
Why Does Pleasure Never Seem to Last?
Shared by: Scott Chambers on Apr, 2013
Summary: This is the first message in a series from the book of Ecclesiastes that examines Solomon's wisdom in regard to the mistakes that he had made in his life. This message examines the pursuit of pleasure and how it can squeeze God out of our lives..
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Views: 904
Scott Chambers avatar
Why is the Pursuit of Success So Empty?
Shared by: Scott Chambers on Apr, 2013
Summary: This is the second message in a series from the book of Ecclesiastes that examines Solomon's wisdom in regard to the mistakes that he had made in his life. This message examines the pursuit of success how it is always elusive and leaves one feeling empty.
Rick Gillespie- Mobley avatar
Getting Back On Track Pt 4. What's My Purpose
Shared by: Rick Gillespie- Mobley on Jul, 2012
Summary: Our purpose is to serve and love God and each other.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-15
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 1,075
Terry Blankenship avatar
I Can't Get No...Satisfaction
Shared by: Terry Blankenship on Mar, 2012
Summary: There are four questions we ask about life: Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? These questions are asked by everyone at some point in their life. Solomon experiences it all in his hedonistic pursuits. But are we real
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-26
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,393
Donald McCulley avatar
How's Your "I" Problem?
Shared by: Donald McCulley on Dec, 2011
Summary: We all have it.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-26
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 752
Shawn Rose avatar
The Most Important Thing in the World
Shared by: Shawn Rose on Feb, 2011
Summary: Don’t coast through life hoping that staying out of trouble and occasionally doing a good deed will be enough when it counts. Stop being a “casual Christian”, and start having a relationship with the God of the universe.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,517
Thomas Swope avatar
Graduate Studies
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Jan, 2011
Summary: A study of chapter 2 verses 1 through 26
Series: Ecclesiates
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-26
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 995
Freddy Fritz avatar
The Vanity of Toil
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Sep, 2010
Summary: In today's lesson we learn that apart from God, we will not gain anything from toil.
based on 8 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 2,909
Freddy Fritz avatar
The Vanity of Living Wisely
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Aug, 2010
Summary: In today’s lesson we learn that apart from God, we will not gain anything from living wisely.
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 1,477
Freddy Fritz avatar
The Vanity of Self-Indulgence
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Aug, 2010
Summary: In today's lesson, we learn that apart from God, we will not gain anything from self-indulgence.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 1,947
Jonathan McLeod avatar
Life and Death
Shared by: Jonathan McLeod on Aug, 2010
Summary: How should you and I approach life?
Series: Ecclesiastes
based on 5 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 737