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Ecclesiastes 2:1

    Ecclesiastes 2:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I said in my heart, I will give you joy for a test; so take your pleasure--but it was to no purpose.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

    I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with mirth: therefore enjoy pleasure;" and behold, this also was vanity.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I SAID in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also was vanity.

    Definitions for Ecclesiastes 2:1

    Mirth - Gladness; rejoicing.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 2:1

    I will prove thee with mirth - This is well expressed by the author so often referred to. Having tried speculative knowledge in vain, passion and appetite whisper: -

    "From the rugged thorny road

    Of wisdom, which so ill repays thy toil,

    Turn back, and enter pleasure's flowery paths.

    Go, take thy fill of joy, to passion give

    The reins; nor let one serious thought restrain

    What youth and affluence prompt."

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 2:1

    Solomon's trial of God's second gift, namely, riches, and the enjoyment which riches supply; this brought him to the sane result (compare Ecclesiastes 1:12).

    Comparing Solomon's action with Luke 12:16-21, it must be remembered that Solomon's object was the acquisition of wisdom, not self-indulgence, and that he did not fail to look forward to the certainty of death overtaking him.

    Wesley's Notes on Ecclesiastes 2:1

    2:1 I said - Being disappointed of my hopes from knowledge, I resolved to try another course. Go to - O my soul! I will try whether I cannot make thee happy, by the enjoyment of sensual delights. Vanity - Is vain, and unable to make men happy.