Ecclesiastes 2:1
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New International Version
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.


New American Standard Bible
I said to myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself." And behold, it too was futility.


King James Bible
I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
I said to myself, "Go ahead, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy what is good." But it turned out to be futile.


International Standard Version
I told myself, "I will test you with pleasure, so enjoy yourself." But this was pointless.


American Standard Version
I said in my heart, Come now, I will prove thee with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also was vanity.


Douay-Rheims Bible
I said in my heart: I will go, and abound with delights, and enjoy good things. And I saw that this also was vanity.


Darby Bible Translation
I said in my heart, Come now, I will try thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure. But behold, this also is vanity.


Young's Literal Translation
I said in my heart, 'Pray, come, I try thee with mirth, and look thou on gladness;' and lo, even it is vanity.
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Context
The Futility of Pleasures

1I said in my heart, Go to now, I will prove you with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity. 2I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What does it? 3I sought in my heart to give myself to wine, yet acquainting my heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life. 4I made me great works; I built me houses; I planted me vineyards: 5I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: 6I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that brings forth trees: 7I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: 8I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I got me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. 9So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. 10And whatever my eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor: and this was my portion of all my labor. 11Then I looked on all the works that my hands had worked, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
Cross References
Proverbs 14:13
Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.


Ecclesiastes 7:4
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.


Ecclesiastes 8:15
Then I commended mirth, because a man has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labor the days of his life, which God gives him under the sun.


Treasury of Scripture

I said in my heart, Go to now, I will prove you with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

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Ecclesiastes 2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happens to the fool, so it happens even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart...

Ecclesiastes 1:16,17 I communed with my own heart, saying, See, I am come to great estate...

Ecclesiastes 3:17,18 I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work...

Psalm 10:6 He has said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.

Psalm 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good.

Psalm 27:8 When you said, Seek you my face; my heart said to you, Your face, LORD, will I seek.

Psalm 30:6,7 And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved...

Luke 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

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Genesis 11:3,4,7 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone...

2 Kings 5:5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel. And he departed...

Isaiah 5:5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up...

James 4:13 Go to now, you that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

James 5:1 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you.

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Ecclesiastes 8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry...

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart...

Isaiah 50:5,11 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back...

Luke 16:19,23 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day...

James 5:5 You have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; you have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy...

Revelation 18:7,8 How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she said in her heart...

Strong's Concordance
I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also [is] vanity.
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Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 Verse 1

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OT Poetry: Ecclesiastes 2:1 I said in my heart Come now (Ecclesiast. Ec Ecc Eccles.)
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