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Ecclesiastes 2


1  I589 said559 in mine heart,3820 Go to1980 now,4994 I will prove5254 thee with mirth,8057 therefore enjoy7200 pleasure:2896 and, behold,2009 this1931 also1571 is vanity.1892

2  I said559 of laughter,7814 It is mad:1984 and of mirth,8057 What4100 doeth6213 it?2090

3  I sought8446 in mine heart3820 to give4900 853 myself1320 unto wine,3196 yet acquainting5090 mine heart3820 with wisdom;2451 and to lay hold270 on folly,5531 till5704 834 I might see7200 what335 was that2088 good2896 for the sons1121 of men,120 which834 they should do6213 under8478 the heaven8064 all4557 the days3117 of their life.2416

4  I made me great1431 works;4639 I built1129 me houses;1004 I planted5193 me vineyards:3754

5  I made6213 me gardens1593 and orchards,6508 and I planted5193 trees6086 in them of all3605 kind of fruits:6529

6  I made6213 me pools1295 of water,4325 to water8248 therewith4480 the wood3293 that bringeth forth6779 trees:6086

7  I got7069 me servants5650 and maidens,8198 and had1961 servants born1121 in my house;1004 also1571 I had1961 great7235 possessions4735 of great1241 and small cattle6629 above all4480 3605 that were7945 1961 in Jerusalem3389 before6440 me:

8  I gathered3664 me also1571 silver3701 and gold,2091 and the peculiar treasure5459 of kings4428 and of the provinces:4082 I got6213 me men singers7891 and women singers,7891 and the delights8588 of the sons1121 of men,120 as musical instruments,7705 7705 and that of all sorts.

9  So I was great,1431 and increased more3254 than all4480 3605 that were7945 1961 before6440 me in Jerusalem:3389 also637 my wisdom2451 remained5975 with me.

10  And whatsoever3605 834 mine eyes5869 desired7592 I kept680 not3808 from4480 them, I withheld4513 not3808 853 my heart3820 from any4480 3605 joy;8057 for3588 my heart3820 rejoiced8056 in all4480 3605 my labor:5999 and this2088 was1961 my portion2506 of all4480 3605 my labor.5999

11  Then I589 looked6437 on all3605 the works4639 that my hands had wrought,7945 6213 3027 and on the labor5999 that I had labored7945 5998 to do:6213 and, behold,2009 all3605 was vanity1892 and vexation7469 of spirit,7307 and there was no369 profit3504 under8478 the sun.8121

12  And I589 turned6437 myself to behold7200 wisdom,2451 and madness,1947 and folly:5531 for3588 what4100 can the man120 do that cometh7945 935 after310 the king?4428 even 853 that which834 hath been already3528 done.6213

13  Then I589 saw7200 that7945 3426 wisdom2451 excelleth3504 folly,4480 5531 as far as light216 excelleth3504 darkness.4480 2822

14  The wise man's2450 eyes5869 are in his head;7218 but the fool3684 walketh1980 in darkness:2822 and I myself589 perceived3045 also1571 that one event7945 4745 259 happeneth7136 to854 them all.3605

15  Then said559 I589 in my heart,3820 As it happeneth4745 to the fool,3684 so it happeneth7136 even1571 to me; and why4100 was I589 then227 more3148 wise?2449 Then I said1696 in my heart,3820 that this2088 also7945 1571 is vanity.1892

16  For3588 there is no369 remembrance2146 of the wise2450 more than5973 of the fool3684 forever;5769 seeing that which now7945 3528 is in the days3117 to come935 shall all3605 be forgotten.7911 And how349 dieth4191 the wise2450 man? as5973 the fool.3684

17  Therefore I hated8130 853 life;2416 because3588 the work4639 that is wrought7945 6213 under8478 the sun8121 is grievous7451 unto5921 me: for3588 all3605 is vanity1892 and vexation7469 of spirit.7307

18  Yea, I589 hated8130 853 all3605 my labor5999 which I7945 589 had taken6001 under8478 the sun:8121 because I should leave7945 5117 it unto the man120 that shall be7945 1961 after310 me.

19  And who4310 knoweth3045 whether he shall be1961 a wise2450 man or176 a fool?5530 yet shall he have rule7980 over all3605 my labor5999 wherein I have labored,7945 5998 and wherein I have showed myself wise7945 2449 under8478 the sun.8121 This2088 is also1571 vanity.1892

20  Therefore I589 went about5437 to cause 853 my heart3820 to despair2976 of5921 all3605 the labor5999 which I took7945 5998 under8478 the sun.8121

21  For3588 there is3426 a man120 whose labor7945 5999 is in wisdom,2451 and in knowledge,1847 and in equity;3788 yet to a man120 that hath not7945 3808 labored5998 therein shall he leave5414 it for his portion.2506 This2088 also1571 is vanity1892 and a great7227 evil.7451

22  For3588 what4100 hath1933 man120 of all3605 his labor,5999 and of the vexation7475 of his heart,3820 wherein he7945 1931 hath labored6001 under8478 the sun?8121

23  For3588 all3605 his days3117 are sorrows,4341 and his travail6045 grief;3708 yea,1571 his heart3820 taketh not3808 rest7901 in the night.3915 This2088 is also1571 vanity.1892

24  There is nothing369 better2896 for a man,120 than that he should eat7945 398 and drink,8354 and that he should make his soul7200 853 5315 good2896 in his labor.5999 This2090 also1571 I589 saw,7200 that3588 it1931 was from the hand4480 3027 of God.430

25  For3588 who4310 can eat,398 or who4310 else can hasten2363 hereunto, more2351 than4480 I?

26  For3588 God giveth5414 to a man120 that is good7945 2896 in his sight6440 wisdom,2451 and knowledge,1847 and joy:8057 but to the sinner2398 he giveth5414 travail,6045 to gather622 and to heap up,3664 that he may give5414 to him that is good2896 before6440 God.430 This2088 also1571 is vanity1892 and vexation7469 of spirit.7307


1 εἶπον ἐγὼ ἐν καρδίᾳ μου δεῦρο δὴ πειράσω σε ἐν εὐφροσύνῃ καὶ ἰδὲ ἐν ἀγαθῷ καὶ ἰδοὺ καί γε τοῦτο ματαιότης

2 τῷ γέλωτι εἶπα περιφορὰν καὶ τῇ εὐφροσύνῃ τί τοῦτο ποιεῖς

3 κατεσκεψάμην ἐν καρδίᾳ μου τοῦ ἑλκύσαι εἰς οἶνον τὴν σάρκα μου καὶ καρδία μου ὡδήγησεν ἐν σοφίᾳ καὶ τοῦ κρατῆσαι ἐπ᾽ ἀφροσύνῃ ἕως οὗ ἴδω ποῖον τὸ ἀγαθὸν τοῖς υἱοῖς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ὃ ποιήσουσιν ὑπὸ τὸν ἥλιον ἀριθμὸν ἡμερῶν ζωῆς αὐτῶν

4 ἐμεγάλυνα ποίημά μου ᾠκοδόμησά μοι οἴκους ἐφύτευσά μοι ἀμπελῶνας

5 ἐποίησά μοι κήπους καὶ παραδείσους καὶ ἐφύτευσα ἐν αὐτοῖς ξύλον πᾶν καρποῦ

6 ἐποίησά μοι κολυμβήθρας ὑδάτων τοῦ ποτίσαι ἀπ᾽ αὐτῶν δρυμὸν βλαστῶντα ξύλα

7 ἐκτησάμην δούλους καὶ παιδίσκας καὶ οἰκογενεῖς ἐγένοντό μοι καί γε κτῆσις βουκολίου καὶ ποιμνίου πολλὴ ἐγένετό μοι ὑπὲρ πάντας τοὺς γενομένους ἔμπροσθέν μου ἐν Ιερουσαλημ

8 συνήγαγόν μοι καί γε ἀργύριον καὶ χρυσίον καὶ περιουσιασμοὺς βασιλέων καὶ τῶν χωρῶν ἐποίησά μοι ᾄδοντας καὶ ᾀδούσας καὶ ἐντρυφήματα υἱῶν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου οἰνοχόον καὶ οἰνοχόας

9 καὶ ἐμεγαλύνθην καὶ προσέθηκα παρὰ πάντας τοὺς γενομένους ἔμπροσθέν μου ἐν Ιερουσαλημ καί γε σοφία μου ἐστάθη μοι

10 καὶ πᾶν ὃ ᾔτησαν οἱ ὀφθαλμοί μου οὐχ ὑφεῖλον ἀπ᾽ αὐτῶν οὐκ ἀπεκώλυσα τὴν καρδίαν μου ἀπὸ πάσης εὐφροσύνης ὅτι καρδία μου εὐφράνθη ἐν παντὶ μόχθῳ μου καὶ τοῦτο ἐγένετο μερίς μου ἀπὸ παντὸς μόχθου μου

11 καὶ ἐπέβλεψα ἐγὼ ἐν πᾶσιν ποιήμασίν μου οἷς ἐποίησαν αἱ χεῖρές μου καὶ ἐν μόχθῳ ᾧ ἐμόχθησα τοῦ ποιεῖν καὶ ἰδοὺ τὰ πάντα ματαιότης καὶ προαίρεσις πνεύματος καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν περισσεία ὑπὸ τὸν ἥλιον

12 καὶ ἐπέβλεψα ἐγὼ τοῦ ἰδεῖν σοφίαν καὶ περιφορὰν καὶ ἀφροσύνην ὅτι τίς ὁ ἄνθρωπος ὃς ἐπελεύσεται ὀπίσω τῆς βουλῆς τὰ ὅσα ἐποίησεν αὐτήν

13 καὶ εἶδον ἐγὼ ὅτι ἔστιν περισσεία τῇ σοφίᾳ ὑπὲρ τὴν ἀφροσύνην ὡς περισσεία τοῦ φωτὸς ὑπὲρ τὸ σκότος

14 τοῦ σοφοῦ οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ αὐτοῦ ἐν κεφαλῇ αὐτοῦ καὶ ὁ ἄφρων ἐν σκότει πορεύεται καὶ ἔγνων καί γε ἐγὼ ὅτι συνάντημα ἓν συναντήσεται τοῖς πᾶσιν αὐτοῖς

15 καὶ εἶπα ἐγὼ ἐν καρδίᾳ μου ὡς συνάντημα τοῦ ἄφρονος καί γε ἐμοὶ συναντήσεταί μοι καὶ ἵνα τί ἐσοφισάμην ἐγὼ τότε περισσὸν ἐλάλησα ἐν καρδίᾳ μου διότι ἄφρων ἐκ περισσεύματος λαλεῖ ὅτι καί γε τοῦτο ματαιότης

16 ὅτι οὐκ ἔστιν μνήμη τοῦ σοφοῦ μετὰ τοῦ ἄφρονος εἰς αἰῶνα καθότι ἤδη αἱ ἡμέραι αἱ ἐρχόμεναι τὰ πάντα ἐπελήσθη καὶ πῶς ἀποθανεῖται ὁ σοφὸς μετὰ τοῦ ἄφρονος

17 καὶ ἐμίσησα σὺν τὴν ζωήν ὅτι πονηρὸν ἐπ᾽ ἐμὲ τὸ ποίημα τὸ πεποιημένον ὑπὸ τὸν ἥλιον ὅτι τὰ πάντα ματαιότης καὶ προαίρεσις πνεύματος

18 καὶ ἐμίσησα ἐγὼ σὺν πάντα μόχθον μου ὃν ἐγὼ μοχθῶ ὑπὸ τὸν ἥλιον ὅτι ἀφίω αὐτὸν τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ τῷ γινομένῳ μετ᾽ ἐμέ

19 καὶ τίς οἶδεν εἰ σοφὸς ἔσται ἢ ἄφρων καὶ ἐξουσιάζεται ἐν παντὶ μόχθῳ μου ᾧ ἐμόχθησα καὶ ᾧ ἐσοφισάμην ὑπὸ τὸν ἥλιον καί γε τοῦτο ματαιότης

20 καὶ ἐπέστρεψα ἐγὼ τοῦ ἀποτάξασθαι τῇ καρδίᾳ μου ἐπὶ παντὶ τῷ μόχθῳ ᾧ ἐμόχθησα ὑπὸ τὸν ἥλιον

21 ὅτι ἔστιν ἄνθρωπος οὗ μόχθος αὐτοῦ ἐν σοφίᾳ καὶ ἐν γνώσει καὶ ἐν ἀνδρείᾳ καὶ ἄνθρωπος ὃς οὐκ ἐμόχθησεν ἐν αὐτῷ δώσει αὐτῷ μερίδα αὐτοῦ καί γε τοῦτο ματαιότης καὶ πονηρία μεγάλη

22 ὅτι τί γίνεται τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ ἐν παντὶ μόχθῳ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν προαιρέσει καρδίας αὐτοῦ ᾧ αὐτὸς μοχθεῖ ὑπὸ τὸν ἥλιον

23 ὅτι πᾶσαι αἱ ἡμέραι αὐτοῦ ἀλγημάτων καὶ θυμοῦ περισπασμὸς αὐτοῦ καί γε ἐν νυκτὶ οὐ κοιμᾶται ἡ καρδία αὐτοῦ καί γε τοῦτο ματαιότης ἐστίν

24 οὐκ ἔστιν ἀγαθὸν ἐν ἀνθρώπῳ ὃ φάγεται καὶ ὃ πίεται καὶ ὃ δείξει τῇ ψυχῇ αὐτοῦ ἀγαθὸν ἐν μόχθῳ αὐτοῦ καί γε τοῦτο εἶδον ἐγὼ ὅτι ἀπὸ χειρὸς τοῦ θεοῦ ἐστιν

25 ὅτι τίς φάγεται καὶ τίς φείσεται πάρεξ αὐτοῦ

26 ὅτι τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ τῷ ἀγαθῷ πρὸ προσώπου αὐτοῦ ἔδωκεν σοφίαν καὶ γνῶσιν καὶ εὐφροσύνην καὶ τῷ ἁμαρτάνοντι ἔδωκεν περισπασμὸν τοῦ προσθεῖναι καὶ τοῦ συναγαγεῖν τοῦ δοῦναι τῷ ἀγαθῷ πρὸ προσώπου τοῦ θεοῦ ὅτι καί γε τοῦτο ματαιότης καὶ προαίρεσις πνεύματος


‎1 ‏אָמַ֤רְתִּֽי1 אֲנִי֙ בְּלִבִּ֔י לְכָה־נָּ֛א אֲנַסְּכָ֛ה בְשִׂמְחָ֖ה וּרְאֵ֣ה בְט֑וֹב וְהִנֵּ֥ה גַם־ה֖וּא הָֽבֶל׃

‎2 ‏לִשְׂח֖וֹק אָמַ֣רְתִּי מְהוֹלָ֑ל וּלְשִׂמְחָ֖ה מַה־זֹּ֥ה עֹשָֽׂה׃

‎3 ‏תַּ֣רְתִּי בְלִבִּ֔י לִמְשׁ֥וֹךְ בַּיַּ֖יִן אֶת־בְּשָׂרִ֑י וְלִבִּ֞י נֹהֵ֤ג בַּֽחָכְמָה֙ וְלֶאֱחֹ֣ז בְּסִכְל֔וּת עַ֣ד אֲשֶׁר־אֶרְאֶ֗ה אֵי־זֶ֨ה ט֜וֹב לִבְנֵ֤י הָאָדָם֙ אֲשֶׁ֤ר יַעֲשׂוּ֙ תַּ֣חַת הַשָּׁמַ֔יִם מִסְפַּ֖ר יְמֵ֥י חַיֵּיהֶֽם׃

‎4 ‏הִגְדַּ֖לְתִּי מַעֲשָׂ֑י בָּנִ֤יתִי לִי֙ בָּתִּ֔ים נָטַ֥עְתִּי לִ֖י כְּרָמִֽים׃

‎5 ‏עָשִׂ֣יתִי לִ֔י גַּנּ֖וֹת וּפַרְדֵּסִ֑ים וְנָטַ֥עְתִּי בָהֶ֖ם עֵ֥ץ כָּל־פֶּֽרִי׃

‎6 ‏עָשִׂ֥יתִי לִ֖י בְּרֵכ֣וֹת מָ֑יִם לְהַשְׁק֣וֹת מֵהֶ֔ם יַ֖עַר צוֹמֵ֥חַ עֵצִֽים׃

‎7 ‏קָנִ֙יתִי֙ עֲבָדִ֣ים וּשְׁפָח֔וֹת וּבְנֵי־בַ֖יִת הָ֣יָה לִ֑י גַּ֣ם מִקְנֶה֩ בָקָ֨ר וָצֹ֤אן הַרְבֵּה֙ הָ֣יָה לִ֔י מִכֹּ֛ל שֶֽׁהָי֥וּ לְפָנַ֖י בִּירוּשָׁלִָֽם׃

‎8 ‏כָּנַ֤סְתִּי לִי֙ גַּם־כֶּ֣סֶף וְזָהָ֔ב וּסְגֻלַּ֥ת מְלָכִ֖ים וְהַמְּדִינ֑וֹת עָשִׂ֨יתִי לִ֜י שָׁרִ֣ים וְשָׁר֗וֹת וְתַעֲנוּגֹ֛ת בְּנֵ֥י הָאָדָ֖ם שִׁדָּ֥ה וְשִׁדּֽוֹת׃

‎9 ‏וְגָדַ֣לְתִּי וְהוֹסַ֔פְתִּי מִכֹּ֛ל שֶׁהָיָ֥ה לְפָנַ֖י בִּירוּשָׁלִָ֑ם אַ֥ף חָכְמָתִ֖י עָ֥מְדָה לִּֽי׃

‎10 ‏וְכֹל֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר שָֽׁאֲל֣וּ עֵינַ֔י לֹ֥א אָצַ֖לְתִּי מֵהֶ֑ם לֹֽא־מָנַ֨עְתִּי אֶת־לִבִּ֜י מִכָּל־שִׂמְחָ֗ה כִּֽי־לִבִּ֤י שָׂמֵ֙חַ֙ מִכָּל־עֲמָלִ֔י וְזֶֽה־הָיָ֥ה חֶלְקִ֖י מִכָּל־עֲמָלִֽי׃

‎11 ‏וּפָנִ֣יתִֽי אֲנִ֗י בְּכָל־מַעֲשַׂי֙ שֶֽׁעָשׂ֣וּ יָדַ֔י וּבֶֽעָמָ֖ל שֶׁעָמַ֣לְתִּי לַעֲשׂ֑וֹת וְהִנֵּ֨ה הַכֹּ֥ל הֶ֙בֶל֙ וּרְע֣וּת ר֔וּחַ וְאֵ֥ין יִתְר֖וֹן תַּ֥חַת הַשָּֽׁמֶשׁ׃

‎12 ‏וּפָנִ֤יתִֽי אֲנִי֙ לִרְא֣וֹת חָכְמָ֔ה וְהוֹלֵל֖וֹת וְסִכְל֑וּת כִּ֣י׀ מֶ֣ה הָאָדָ֗ם שֶׁיָּבוֹא֙ אַחֲרֵ֣י הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ אֵ֥ת אֲשֶׁר־כְּבָ֖ר עָשֽׂוּהוּ׃

‎13 ‏וְרָאִ֣יתִי אָ֔נִי שֶׁיֵּ֥שׁ יִתְר֛וֹן לַֽחָכְמָ֖ה מִן־הַסִּכְל֑וּת כִּֽיתְר֥וֹן הָא֖וֹר מִן־הַחֹֽשֶׁךְ׃

‎14 ‏הֶֽחָכָם֙ עֵינָ֣יו בְּרֹאשׁ֔וֹ וְהַכְּסִ֖יל בַּחֹ֣שֶׁךְ הוֹלֵ֑ךְ וְיָדַ֣עְתִּי גַם־אָ֔נִי שֶׁמִּקְרֶ֥ה אֶחָ֖ד יִקְרֶ֥ה אֶת־כֻּלָּֽם׃

‎15 ‏וְאָמַ֨רְתִּֽי אֲנִ֜י בְּלִבִּ֗י כְּמִקְרֵ֤ה הַכְּסִיל֙ גַּם־אֲנִ֣י יִקְרֵ֔נִי וְלָ֧מָּה חָכַ֛מְתִּי אֲנִ֖י אָ֣ז יוֹתֵ֑ר וְדִבַּ֣רְתִּי בְלִבִּ֔י שֶׁגַּם־זֶ֖ה הָֽבֶל׃

‎16 ‏כִּי֩ אֵ֨ין זִכְר֧וֹן לֶחָכָ֛ם עִֽם־הַכְּסִ֖יל לְעוֹלָ֑ם בְּשֶׁכְּבָ֞ר הַיָּמִ֤ים הַבָּאִים֙ הַכֹּ֣ל נִשְׁכָּ֔ח וְאֵ֛יךְ יָמ֥וּת הֶחָכָ֖ם עִֽם־הַכְּסִֽיל׃

‎17 ‏וְשָׂנֵ֙אתִי֙ אֶת־הַ֣חַיִּ֔ים כִּ֣י רַ֤ע עָלַי֙ הַֽמַּעֲשֶׂ֔ה שֶׁנַּעֲשָׂ֖ה תַּ֣חַת הַשָּׁ֑מֶשׁ כִּֽי־הַכֹּ֥ל הֶ֖בֶל וּרְע֥וּת רֽוּחַ׃

‎18 ‏וְשָׂנֵ֤אתִֽי אֲנִי֙ אֶת־כָּל־עֲמָלִ֔י שֶׁאֲנִ֥י עָמֵ֖ל תַּ֣חַת הַשָּׁ֑מֶשׁ שֶׁ֣אַנִּיחֶ֔נּוּ לָאָדָ֖ם שֶׁיִּהְיֶ֥ה אַחֲרָֽי׃

‎19 ‏וּמִ֣י יוֹדֵ֗עַ הֶֽחָכָ֤ם יִהְיֶה֙ א֣וֹ סָכָ֔ל וְיִשְׁלַט֙ בְּכָל־עֲמָלִ֔י שֶֽׁעָמַ֥לְתִּי וְשֶׁחָכַ֖מְתִּי תַּ֣חַת הַשָּׁ֑מֶשׁ גַּם־זֶ֖ה הָֽבֶל׃

‎20 ‏וְסַבּ֥וֹתִֽי אֲנִ֖י לְיַאֵ֣שׁ אֶת־לִבִּ֑י עַ֚ל כָּל־הֶ֣עָמָ֔ל שֶׁעָמַ֖לְתִּי תַּ֥חַת הַשָּֽׁמֶשׁ׃

‎21 ‏כִּי־יֵ֣שׁ אָדָ֗ם שֶׁעֲמָל֛וֹ בְּחָכְמָ֥ה וּבְדַ֖עַת וּבְכִשְׁר֑וֹן וּלְאָדָ֞ם שֶׁלֹּ֤א עָֽמַל־בּוֹ֙ יִתְּנֶ֣נּוּ חֶלְק֔וֹ גַּם־זֶ֥ה הֶ֖בֶל וְרָעָ֥ה רַבָּֽה׃

‎22 ‏כִּ֠י מֶֽה־הוֶֹ֤ה לָֽאָדָם֙ בְּכָל־עֲמָל֔וֹ וּבְרַעְי֖וֹן לִבּ֑וֹ שֶׁה֥וּא עָמֵ֖ל תַּ֥חַת הַשָּֽׁמֶשׁ׃

‎23 ‏כִּ֧י כָל־יָמָ֣יו מַכְאֹבִ֗ים וָכַ֙עַס֙ עִנְיָנ֔וֹ גַּם־בַּלַּ֖יְלָה לֹא־שָׁכַ֣ב לִבּ֑וֹ גַּם־זֶ֖ה הֶ֥בֶל הֽוּא׃

‎24 ‏אֵֽין־ט֤וֹב בָּאָדָם֙ שֶׁיֹּאכַ֣ל וְשָׁתָ֔ה וְהֶרְאָ֧ה אֶת־נַפְשׁ֛וֹ ט֖וֹב בַּעֲמָל֑וֹ גַּם־זֹה֙ רָאִ֣יתִי אָ֔נִי כִּ֛י מִיַּ֥ד הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים הִֽיא׃

‎25 ‏כִּ֣י מִ֥י יֹאכַ֛ל וּמִ֥י יָח֖וּשׁ ח֥וּץ מִמֶּֽנִּי׃

‎26 ‏כִּ֤י לְאָדָם֙ שֶׁטּ֣וֹב לְפָנָ֔יו נָתַ֛ן חָכְמָ֥ה וְדַ֖עַת וְשִׂמְחָ֑ה וְלַחוֹטֶא֩ נָתַ֨ן עִנְיָ֜ן לֶאֱס֣וֹף וְלִכְנ֗וֹס לָתֵת֙ לְטוֹב֙ לִפְנֵ֣י הָֽאֱלֹהִ֔ים גַּם־זֶ֥ה הֶ֖בֶל וּרְע֥וּת רֽוּחַ׃


1 [Dixi ego in corde meo: Vadam,
et affluam deliciis, et fruar bonis;
et vidi quod hoc quoque esset vanitas.

2 Risum reputavi errorem,
et gaudio dixi: Quid frustra deciperis?

3 Cogitavi in corde meo abstrahere a vino carnem meam,
ut animam meam transferrem ad sapientiam,
devitaremque stultitiam,
donec viderem quid esset utile filiis hominum,
quo facto opus est sub sole numero dierum vitæ suæ.

4 Magnificavi opera mea,
ædificavi mihi domos,
et plantavi vineas;

5 feci hortos et pomaria,
et consevi ea cuncti generis arboribus;

6 et exstruxi mihi piscinas aquarum,
ut irrigarem silvam lignorum germinantium.

7 Possedi servos et ancillas,
multamque familiam habui:
armenta quoque, et magnos ovium greges,
ultra omnes qui fuerunt ante me in Jerusalem;

8 coacervavi mihi argentum et aurum,
et substantias regum ac provinciarum;
feci mihi cantores et cantatrices,
et delicias filiorum hominum,
scyphos, et urceos in ministerio ad vina fundenda;

9 et supergressus sum opibus
omnes qui ante me fuerunt in Jerusalem:
sapientia quoque perseveravit mecum.

10 Et omnia quæ desideraverunt oculi mei
non negavi eis,
nec prohibui cor meum quin omni voluptate frueretur,
et oblectaret se in his quæ præparaveram;
et hanc ratus sum partem meam si uterer labore meo.

11 Cumque me convertissem ad universa opera quæ fecerant manus meæ,
et ad labores in quibus frustra sudaveram,
vidi in omnibus vanitatem et afflictionem animi,
et nihil permanere sub sole.]

12 [Transivi ad contemplandam sapientiam,
erroresque, et stultitiam.
(Quid est, inquam, homo,
ut sequi possit regem, factorem suum?)

13 Et vidi quod tantum præcederet sapientia stultitiam,
quantum differt lux a tenebris.

14 Sapientis oculi in capite ejus;
stultus in tenebris ambulat:
et didici quod unus utriusque esset interitus.

15 Et dixi in corde meo:
Si unus et stulti et meus occasus erit,
quid mihi prodest quod majorem sapientiæ dedi operam?
Locutusque cum mente mea,
animadverti quod hoc quoque esset vanitas.

16 Non enim erit memoria sapientis similiter ut stulti in perpetuum,
et futura tempora oblivione cuncta pariter operient:
moritur doctus similiter ut indoctus.

17 Et idcirco tæduit me vitæ meæ,
videntem mala universa esse sub sole,
et cuncta vanitatem et afflictionem spiritus.]

18 [Rursus detestatus sum omnem industriam meam,
qua sub sole studiosissime laboravi,
habiturus hæredem post me,

19 quem ignoro utrum sapiens an stultus futurus sit,
et dominabitur in laboribus meis,
quibus desudavi et sollicitus fui:
et est quidquam tam vanum?

20 Unde cessavi,
renuntiavitque cor meum ultra laborare sub sole.

21 Nam cum alius laboret in sapientia,
et doctrina, et sollicitudine,
homini otioso quæsita dimittit;
et hoc ergo vanitas et magnum malum.

22 Quid enim proderit homini de universo labore suo,
et afflictione spiritus,
qua sub sole cruciatus est?

23 Cuncti dies ejus doloribus et ærumnis pleni sunt,
nec per noctem mente requiescit.
Et hoc nonne vanitas est?

24 Nonne melius est comedere et bibere,
et ostendere animæ suæ bona de laboribus suis?
et hoc de manu Dei est.

25 Quis ita devorabit et deliciis affluet ut ego?

26 Homini bono in conspectu suo
dedit Deus sapientiam, et scientiam, et lætitiam;
peccatori autem dedit afflictionem et curam superfluam,
ut addat, et congreget,
et tradat ei qui placuit Deo;
sed et hoc vanitas est, et cassa sollicitudo mentis.]

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