Solomon’s conclusion was that every endeavor of his proved meaningless by itself. In the days to come, both will be forgotten. 2 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. New Living Translation, second edition (2004) Mark R. Norton, ed., Holy Bible, New Living Translation. 19 And who can tell whether my successors will be wise or foolish? 2 A time to be born and a time to die. 1 I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. 2 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. (AJ) This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecc 2:7 I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into my household. So I said to myself, 'This too is vanity.'" Pleasures Are Meaningless. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” 3 After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. Hebrews 7 - This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. In this way, I hoped to experience the only happiness most people find during their brief life in this world. Ecclesiastes 1 - These are the words of the Teacher,* King David's son, who ruled in Jerusalem. 2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere. Ecclesiastes 3:2 Context. Select a book and a passage below. Ecclesiastes 4:1-16, NLT. 2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. 8 I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. 10 Anything I wanted, I would take. 5 I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. 23 Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night their minds cannot rest. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” 3 After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. Ecclesiastes 3:2 A time to be born and a time to die. 9 So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. I challenge all the Epicures in the world to give me a solid answer. the days have already come when both have been forgotten. 2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. This, too, is meaningless, a great tragedy. I had everything a man could desire! I also owned large herds and flocks, more than any of the kings who had lived in Jerusalem before me. 13 I thought, “Wisdom is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness. 5 I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. 2 So I said, "Laughter is silly. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. The Futility of Pleasure 1I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. This is all so meaningless!” 16 For t… Everything is meaningless—like chasing the wind. I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity.. a. 12 So I decided to compare wisdom with foolishness and madness (for who can do this better than I, the king?[a]). NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” 3 After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. 10:2 Heart - His understanding is always present with him and ready to direct him. 2 Obey the king since you vowed to God that you would. Yet they will control everything I have gained by my skill and hard work under the sun. Ecclesiastes 2:8 8 I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. Labour - Compare Ecclesiastes 2:4-8. 2 … 1 For everything there is a season,. 3 Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense. NLT Ecclesiastes 2 The Futility of Pleasure 1 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. I also owned large herds and flocks, more than any of the kings who had lived in Jerusalem before me. Ecclesiastes 2 The Vanity of Self-Indulgence. Ecclesiastes 12. Ecclesiastes 2:2 Parallel Commentaries Ecclesiastes 2:20. 2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. A time to tear down and a time to build up. 20 Both go to the same place—they came from dust and they return to dust. Ecclesiastes 4. (X) 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 2 “Laughter,”(B) I said, “is madness. Proverbs 31 Ecclesiastes 2 Ecclesiastes 1 New Living Translation (NLT) 1 These are the words of the Teacher,[ a] King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem. The oppressors have great power, and their victims are helpless. Vanity - Is vain, and unable to make men happy. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. 21 For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. 4 His command is backed by great power. 3 But most fortunate of all are those who are not yet born. 4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself(E) and planted vineyards. 3 A time to kill and a time … Ecclesiastes 9:7 NLT So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then the water returns again to the … Ecclesiastes 2 New Living Translation (NLT) The Futility of Pleasure. (V)Like the fool, the wise too must die!(W). One cannot find the right time to act (Ecclesiastes 3:1–4:6) 3. I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. 20 So I gave up in despair, questioning the value of all my hard work in this world. While still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. So people have no real advantage over the animals. New Living Translation; Ecclesiastes 1 Ecclesiastes 1. Watch our overview video on the book of Ecclesiastes, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. 12 So I decided to compare wisdom with foolishness and madness (for who can do this better than I, the king?[a]). 18 I came to hate all my hard work here on earth, for I must leave to others everything I have earned. Ecclesiastes 2:4–6 4 I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. A "Note to Readers" in the second edition explains that the main purpose of the revision was "increasing the level of the NLT… Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 explains it is because God has a reason and a time for all things. Ecclesiastes 2:8 8 I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. See Ecclesiastes 1:13. Let's look for the 'good things' in life." 24 So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Note particularly 2:24-26; 3:11-14,22; 5:18-20; 8:15; 9:7-10; 11:7-- 12:1; 12:9-14 (see also any pertinent notes on these passages). Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I … 2So I said, “Laughter is silly. 2 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Not only did Solomon test the limits of pleasure, he did the same with things we normally see as good, like wisdom (Ecclesiastes 1:12–18) and hard work (Ecclesiastes 2:17–23). 1 Again, I observed all the oppression that takes place under the sun. Everything is meaningless—like chasing the wind. This is all so meaningless!” 16 For the wise and the foolish both die. 7 I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into my household. The wise will not be remembered any longer than the fool. 9 So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. But I found that this, too, was meaningless. In the days to come, both will be forgotten. 4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” 3 After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. I denied myself no pleasure. Ecclesiastes 1 - These are the words of the Teacher,* King David's son, who ruled in Jerusalem. Investigation of Pleasure-Seeking (Ecclesiastes 2:1–11) C. Investigation of Wisdom and Folly (Ecclesiastes 2:12–17) D. Investigation of Labor and Rewards (Ecclesiastes 2:18–6:9) 1. New Living Translation Ecclesiastes 2:3. Version. So I said to myself, “Since I will end up the same as the fool, what’s the value of all my wisdom? 2 So I concluded that the dead are better off than the living. 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. The Old Testament consists of 39 books (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, … Ecclesiastes 2:1 Parallel Commentaries Bible > NLT > Ecclesiastes 2 Ecclesiastes 2 New Living Translation: Par The Futility of Pleasure. Ecclesiastes 3. 2 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Ecclesiastes 2:4–6 4 I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. a time for every activity under heaven. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. 15 Both will die. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. NLT: New Living Translation . Third, Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 serves as a bridge between the first two chapters and the section that follows. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. 2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal. Ecclesiastes 2 – Life In View Of Death A. 11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. 17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. (AC) This too is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 1 Ecclesiastes 3 Ecclesiastes 2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Futility of Pleasure and Possessions 2 I said [ a]to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure. 2So I said, “Laughter is silly. 7 I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into my household. How meaningless! (AE) This too, I see, is from the hand of God,(AF) 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? So I said to myself, “Since I will end up the same as the fool, what’s the value of all my wisdom? I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 15 Both will die. And what does pleasure accomplish?” 3 I tried cheering myself with wine,(C) and embracing folly(D)—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I went about - i. e., I turned from one course of action to another. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. The Futility of Pleasure 1I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. 6 I built reservoirs to collect the water to irrigate my many flourishing groves. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. In this way, I hoped to experience the only happiness most people find during their brief life in this world. The NLT perverts Acts 12:4 by changing "Easter" to "Passover." King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem. 1 How wonderful to be wise, to analyze and interpret things. 1 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Ecclesiastes 2:15, NLT: "Both will die. 2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. Ecclesiastes 2:23. This, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:17 NLT. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” 3 After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. 10 Dead flies make g the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. New Living Translation Ecclesiastes 2:3. Ecclesiastes 2:19. Acts 12:2 in the KJB tells us that the days of unleavened bread were already being observed, which means that the day of Passover was OVER! Ecclesiastes 1:17 So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. Ecclesiastes 8:2 I counsel you to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. 21 Some people work wisely with knowledge and skill, then must leave the fruit of their efforts to someone who hasn’t worked for it. New Living Translation; Ecclesiastes 2 Ecclesiastes 2. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. 5 I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. Ecclesiastes 5 New Living Translation << Ecclesiastes 4 | Ecclesiastes 5 | Ecclesiastes 6 >> The Folly of Rash Vows. This is all so meaningless!” 16 For the wise and the foolish both die. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But 22 So what do people get in this life for all their hard work and anxiety? The argument of Ecclesiastes does not flow smoothly. 2 So I … (Z) Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This summary of the book of Ecclesiastes provides information about the title, author(s), date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the Book of Ecclesiastes. (N), 12 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom,    and also madness and folly. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere. 4 I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. Ecclesiastes 2:6 - NLT - I built reservoirs to collect the water to irrigate... Study verse in the New Living Translation Literary Features. Ecclesiastes 2 - nlt. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 1 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives. Ecclesiastes 1:14 I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless--like chasing the wind. KJV: I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. 4 If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; ... NIV: Ecclesiastes 10. Bible > NLT > Ecclesiastes 5 Ecclesiastes 5 New Living Translation: Par Approaching God with Care. Ecclesiastes 2:15, NASB: "Then I said to myself, 'As is the fate of the fool, it will also befall me. Or how can it make men happy? 23 Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night their minds cannot rest. 14 For the wise can see where they are going, but fools walk in the dark.” Yet I saw that the wise and the foolish share the same fate. The wise will not be remembered any longer than the fool. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit. [b] 26 God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. So I came to hate life because everything done here under the sun is so troubling. Ecclesiastes 8 Keep the King's Command. After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Go to - O my soul! New Living Translation / Ecclesiastes / Ecclesiastes 2; Share Tweet. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind. 10 Anything I wanted, I would take. 5 1 As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. Ecclesiastes 2:11 NLT But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. Read God's Word. Ecclesiastes 10:2 Parallel Commentaries 6 The wind blows south, and then turns north. 2 A time to be born and a time to die.. A time to plant and a time to harvest. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. Why then have I been extremely wise?' Why? Education Details: Verses 12-26.Solomon having found that wisdom and folly agree in being subject to vanity, now contrasts one with the other Ecclesiastes 2:13.Both are brought under vanity by events Ecclesiastes 2:14 which come on the wise man and the feel alike from without - death and oblivion Ecclesiastes 2… 19 For people and animals share the same fate—both breathe # 3:19 Or both have the same spirit. Pleasures Are Meaningless. Bible Language English. I also owned large herds and flocks, more than any of the kings who had lived in Jerusalem before me. Wisdom lights up a person’s face, softening its harshness. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this! Ecclesiastes 2 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible . All rights reserved. How meaningless! The oppressors have great power, and their victims are helpless. Ecclesiastes 2 New Living Translation (NLT) The Futility of Pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. 7 I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves(G) who were born in my house. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” 3 After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. 2 b Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. This, too, is meaningless, a great tragedy. 14 For the wise can see where they are going, but fools walk in the dark.” Yet I saw that the wise and the foolish share the same fate. 1 I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. It is all meaningless. He mentions the right hand, because that is the common instrument of action. Yet they will control everything I have gained by my skill and hard work under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1 - CBN Bible. New Living Translation Version Bible Free Download - NLT Offline Version New Living Translation Bible - NLT Bible, Free Holy Bible App, the best New Living Translation Bible - NLT Bible studying tool, is the standard bible translation highly popular among Christians. 2 So I … What good does it do to seek pleasure?” 3 After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. 21 Some people work wisely with knowledge and skill, then must leave the fruit of their efforts to someone who hasn’t worked for it. What then do I gain by being wise?”(T)I said to myself,    “This too is meaningless.”16 For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered;(U)    the days have already come when both have been forgotten. So I said to myself, “Since I will end up the same as the fool, what’s the value of all my wisdom? 3 Don’t try to avoid doing your duty, and don’t stand with those who plot evil, for the king can do whatever he wants. The pursuit of pleasure tested – and found lacking. And what does pleasure accomplish?” 3 I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly —my mind still guiding me with wisdom. 8 I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. A fool's - His understanding is not effectual to govern his affections and actions. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. 10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;    I refused my heart no pleasure.My heart took delight in all my labor,    and this was the reward for all my toil.11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done    and what I had toiled to achieve,everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;(M)    nothing was gained under the sun. 20 So I gave up in despair, questioning the value of all my hard work in this world. Based on the Second Edition of the NLT, this commentary is the natural extension of both exegetically accurate and idiomatically powerful. Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} What doth it - What good doth it? All rights reserved worldwide. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. 1 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. 3 1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 25 For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? Ecclesiastes 4. 17 So I came to hate life because everything done here under the sun is so troubling. Ecclesiastes 1 - nlt. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. 9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem(K) before me. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.” Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain cl... Read verse in New Living Translation And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. Are sorrows … grief - Rather, sorrows and grief are his toil. 3 What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Bible Gateway Plus puts a library of commentaries and Greek & Hebrew language tools right in your pocket. The oppressors have great power, and their victims are helpless. It is all meaningless. (P)13 I saw that wisdom(Q) is better than folly,(R)    just as light is better than darkness.14 The wise have eyes in their heads,    while the fool walks in the darkness;but I came to realize    that the same fate overtakes them both. 2 … This too is meaningless. 2:2 It is mad - This is an act of madness, more fit for fools who know nothing, than for wise men in this sinful, and dangerous, and deplorable state of mankind. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. Ecclesiastes 2:18 2 “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. 2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. 8 I amassed silver and gold(H) for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 Everything Is Meaningless 1 The words of the Teacher, 1:1 Or the leader of the assembly ; also in verses 2 and 12 son of David, king in Jerusalem: Ecclesiastes 2:24 NLT So go ahead. Job by August H. Konkel; Ecclesiastes and Song of oSongs by Tremper Longman III. 4 Again, I observed all the oppression that takes place under the sun. 12 So I decided to compare wisdom with foolishness and madness (for who can do this better than I, the king?[a]). (L) In all this my wisdom stayed with me. [b] 26 God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. (I) I acquired male and female singers,(J) and a harem[a] as well—the delights of a man’s heart. 2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain. 4 I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. So I said to myself, 'Since I will end up the same as the fool, what's the value of all my wisdom? New Living Translation Bible - NLT Bible, Free Holy Bible App is the … DRB: I observe the mouth of the king, and the commandments of the oath of God. This is a revision of the New Living Translation that was published by Tyndale House in 1996. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. (O)What more can the king’s successor do    than what has already been done? 25 For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? 5 I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. 1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast … 2 Don't make rash promises, and don't be hasty in bringing matters before God. Ecclesiastes 3:11 New Living Translation (NLT). Read verse in New Living Translation (F) 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. Tyndale Cornerstone Biblical Commentary - with the entire text of the NLT. 18 I also thought about the human condition—how God proves to people that they are like animals. 14 For the wise can see where they are going, but fools walk in the dark.” Yet I saw that the wise and the foolish share the same fate. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere. Pleasures Are Meaningless. (S), “The fate of the fool will overtake me also. Philip W. Comfort is the General Editor. A time to grieve and a time to dance. 13 I thought, “Wisdom is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness. I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. 13 I thought, “Wisdom is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. Ecclesiastes 4 New Living Translation (NLT). The translation is true to the original Greek meaning. One has to leave them to another (Ecclesiastes 2:18–26) 2. Ecclesiastes 12 Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. People are to accept each day as a gift from the hand of God (2:24–26). It meanders, with jumps and starts, through the general messiness of human experience, to which it is a response. Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes as a personal benediction, sharing what life had taught him. 18 I came to hate all my hard work here on earth, for I must leave to others everything I have earned. As in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads, ver 24-25; S Jdg 9:13; Ru 3:3; Ecc 3:12-13; 5:18; 8:15, S Job 2:10; Ecc 3:12-13; 5:17-19; 7:14; 9:7-10; 11:7-10. Ecclesiastes 2:1-26. Numbers 28:16,17 clearly teaches that the seven days of unleavened bread FOLLOWED the day of Passover. everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; “The fate of the fool will overtake me also. New Living Translation; Ecclesiastes 2 Ecclesiastes 2. Cancel. Ecclesiastes 2 - CBN Bible. How meaningless! and show everyone how stupid they are. (AA) 23 All their days their work is grief and pain;(AB) even at night their minds do not rest. (AG) 26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom,(AH) knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth(AI) to hand it over to the one who pleases God. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. This, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind. Chosen by God from infancy to be the next king after his father, David (2 Samuel 12:25; 1 Chronicles 28:6; 29:1), Solomon had everything he could need for a … A time to plant and a time to harvest. 1 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Ecclesiastes 2 New Living Translation (NLT) The Futility of Pleasure. Summary; Audio; Videos; Summary of the Book of Ecclesiastes. Previous Passage: Ecclesiastes 1 (nlt) Next Passage: Ecclesiastes 3 (nlt) 5 The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. 7 Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. In this way, I tried to experience the only happiness most people find during their brief life in this world. Ecclesiastes 3:1-22, NLT. 22 What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? 4 I also tried to find meaning by building huge ho… A Time for Everything. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against the kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. B. 2:1 I said - Being disappointed of my hopes from knowledge, I resolved to try another course. 2 h A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left. So I said, “Laughter is silly. 2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. Ecclesiastes 2 New Living Translation << Ecclesiastes 1 | Ecclesiastes 2 | Ecclesiastes 3 >> 2 1 I said to myself, "Come on, let's try pleasure. I denied myself no pleasure. 6 I built reservoirs to collect the water to irrigate my many flourishing groves. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. 2 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. I will try whether I cannot make thee happy, by the enjoyment of sensual delights. My First Hands-on Bible--soft leather-look, bold blue, NLT Dancing in the Desert Devotional Bible: A Refreshing Spiritual Journey with God's People--imitation leather, sienna, NLT Teen Life Application Study Bible, Softcover, NLT Premium Value Large-Print Slimline Bible--soft leather-look, brown/tan, NLT New Believer's Bible - softcover edition, The Complete Evangelical Parallel Bible KJV, NKJV, NIV & NLTse Hardcover. 2nd edition.Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House, 2004. Everything is meaningless—like chasing the wind. Ecclesiastes 2 The Vanity of Self-Indulgence. New Living Translation (NLT), As in Greek and Syriac versions; Hebrew reads. 22 So what do people get in this life for all their hard work and anxiety? 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