New Amharic Standard Version

መክብብ 2:1-26

ምድራዊ ደስታ ከንቱ ነው

1እኔም በልቤ፣ “መልካም የሆነውን ለማወቅ፣ በተድላ ደስታ እፈትንሃለሁ” አልሁ፤ ነገር ግን ያም ከንቱ ነበረ። 2ደግሞም፣ “ሣቅ ሞኝነት ነው፤ ተድላ ደስታስ ምን ይጠቅማል?” አልሁ። 3አሁንም አእምሮዬ በጥበብ እየመራኝ ራሴን በወይን ጠጅ ደስ ለማሰኘት፣ ሞኝነትንም ለመያዝ ሞከርሁ፤ ሰዎች በአጭር የሕይወት ዘመናቸው ከሰማይ በታች ባለው ላይ ቢሠሩት ሊጠቅማቸው የሚችል ምን እንደሆነ ለማየት ፈለግሁ።

4ታላላቅ ነገሮችን አከናወንሁ፤ ለራሴ ቤቶችን ሠራሁ፤ ወይንንም ተከልሁ፤ 5አትክልትን ተከልሁ፤ የመዝናኛ ስፍራዎችን አዘጋጀሁ፤ በእነዚህም ላይ ፍሬ የሚያፈሩ የዛፍ ዐይነቶችን ሁሉ ተከልሁባቸው፤ 6የሚለመልሙ ዛፎችን ለቦይ የሚሆኑ የውሃ ማጠራቀሚያዎችን ሠራሁ። 7ወንድና ሴት ባሪያዎችን ገዛሁ፤ በቤቴም የተወለዱ ሌሎች ባሪያዎች ነበሩኝ። ከእኔ በፊት በኢየሩሳሌም ከነበሩት ይልቅ ብዙ የከብት፣ የበግና የፍየል መንጋዎች ነበሩኝ። 8ለራሴም ብርንና ወርቅን፣ የነገሥታትና የአውራጃዎችን ሀብት አካበትሁ፤ ወንድና ሴት አዝማሪዎች፣ የሰው መደሰቻ የሆኑ ቅምጦች2፥8 በዕብራይስጥ የዚህ ሐረግ ትርጒም አይታወቅም ነበሩኝ። 9ከእኔ በፊት በኢየሩሳሌም ከነበሩት ሁሉ ይልቅ እጅግ ታላቅ ሆንሁ፤ በዚህ ሁሉ ጥበቤ ከእኔ ጋር ነበረች።

10ዐይኔ የፈለገውን ሁሉ አልከለከልሁትም፤

ለልቤም ምድራዊ ደስታን አልነፈግሁትም፤

ልቤ በሠራሁት ሁሉ ደስ አለው፤

ይህም የድካሜ ሁሉ ዋጋ ነበረ።

11ሆኖም እጆቼ የሠሩትን ሁሉ፣

ለማግኘትም የደከምሁትን ድካም ሁሉ ሳስብ፣

ሁሉም ከንቱ፣ ነፋስንም እንደ መከተል ነበር፤

ከፀሓይ በታች ምንም ትርፍ አልነበረም።

ጥበብና ሞኝነት ከንቱ ናቸው

12ከዚያም ጥበብን፣

እብደትንና ሞኝነትን ለመመርመር ሐሳቤን መለስሁ፤

አስቀድሞ ከተደረገው በቀር፣

ከንጉሥ በኋላ የሚመጣው ሰው ምን ሊያደርግ ይችላል?

13ብርሃን ከጨለማ እንደሚበልጥ ሁሉ፣

ጥበብም ከሞኝነት እንደሚበልጥ ተመለከትሁ።

14የጠቢብ ሰው ዐይኖች ያሉት በራሱ ውስጥ ነው፤

ሞኝ ግን በጨለማ ውስጥ ይራመዳል፤

ሆኖም የሁለቱም ዕድል ፈንታ፣

አንድ መሆኑን ተገነዘብሁ።

15ከዚያም በልቤ፣

“የሞኙ ዕድል ፈንታ በእኔም ላይ ይደርሳል፤

ታዲያ ጠቢብ በመሆኔ ትርፌ ምንድን ነው?” አልሁ።

በልቤም፣

“ይህም ደግሞ ከንቱ ነው” አልሁ።

16ጠቢቡም ሰው እንደ ሞኙ ለዘላለም አይታወስምና፤

በሚመጡት ዘመናት ሁለቱም ይረሳሉ።

ለካ፣ ጠቢቡምእንደ ሞኙ መሞቱ አይቀርም!

ጥረት ከንቱ ነው

17ስለዚህ ከፀሓይ በታች የሚሠራው ሥራ አሳዛኝ ስለ ሆነብኝ ሕይወትን ጠላሁ፤ ይህም ሁሉ ከንቱ፣ ነፋስንም እንደ መከተል ነው። 18ከፀሓይ በታች የደከምሁበትን ነገር ሁሉ ጠላሁት፣ ከኋላዬ ለሚመጣው የግድ እተውለታለሁና። 19እርሱ ጠቢብ ወይም ሞኝ ይሆን እንደሆነ ማን ያውቃል? ሆኖም ከፀሓይ በታች ድካሜንና ችሎታዬን ባፈሰ ስሁበት ሥራ ሁሉ ላይ ባለቤት ይሆንበታል፤ ይህም ደግሞ ከንቱ ነው። 20ስለዚህ ከፀሓይ በታች በደከምሁበት ነገር ሁሉ ላይ ልቤ ተስፋ መቊረጥ ጀመረ፤ 21ምክንያቱም ሰው ሥራውን በጥበብ፣ በዕውቀትና በብልኀት ሠርቶ፣ ከዚያ ያለውን ሁሉ ለሌላ ላልለፋበት ሰው ይተውለታል። ይህም ደግሞ ከንቱና ትልቅ ጒዳት ነው። 22ሰው ከፀሓይ በታች በሚደክምበት ጥረትና ልፋት ሁሉ ትርፉ ምንድን ነው? 23በዘመኑ ሁሉ ሥራው ሥቃይና ሐዘን ነው፤ በሌሊትም እንኳ ቢሆን አእምሮው አያርፍም። ይህም ደግሞ ከንቱ ነው።

24ለሰው ከመብላትና ከመጠጣት፣ በሥራውም ከመርካት ሌላ የሚሻለው ነገር የለውም፤ ይህም ደግሞ ከእግዚአብሔር እጅ እንደሚሰጥ አየሁ፤ 25ከእርሱ ዘንድ ካልሆነ ማን መብላትና መደሰት ይችላል? 26እግዚአብሔር፣ ደስ ለሚያሰኘው ሰው ጥበብን፣ ዕውቀትንና ደስታን ይሰጠዋል። ለኀጢአተኛ ግን፣ እግዚአብሔርን ደስ ለሚያሰኘው ይተውለት ዘንድ፣ ሀብትን የመሰብሰብና የማከናወን ተግባር ይሰጠዋል። ይህም ከንቱ፣ ነፋስንም እንደ መከተል ነው።

New International Reader's Version

Ecclesiastes 2:1-26

Pleasure Is Meaningless

1I said to myself, “Come on. I’ll try out pleasure. I want to find out if it is good.” But it also proved to be meaningless. 2“Laughter doesn’t make any sense,” I said. “And what can pleasure do for me?” 3I tried cheering myself up by drinking wine. I even tried living in a foolish way. But wisdom was still guiding my mind. I wanted to see what was good for people to do on earth during their short lives.

4So I started some large projects. I built houses for myself. I planted vineyards. 5I made gardens and parks. I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6I made lakes to water groves of healthy trees. 7I bought male and female slaves. And I had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem ever had before. 8I stored up silver and gold for myself. I gathered up the treasures of kings and their kingdoms. I got some male and female singers. I also got many women for myself. Women delight the hearts of men. 9I became far more important than anyone in Jerusalem had ever been before. And in spite of everything, I didn’t lose my wisdom.

10I gave myself everything my eyes wanted.

There wasn’t any pleasure that I refused to give myself.

I took delight in everything I did.

And that was what I got for all my work.

11But then I looked over everything my hands had done.

I saw what I had worked so hard to get.

And nothing had any meaning.

It was like chasing the wind.

Nothing was gained on this earth.

Wisdom and Foolish Pleasure Are Meaningless

12I decided to think about wisdom.

I also thought about foolish pleasure.

What more can a new king do?

Can he do anything more than others have already done?

13I saw that wisdom is better than foolishness,

just as light is better than darkness.

14The eyes of a wise person see things clearly.

A person who is foolish lives in darkness.

But I finally realized that death catches up

with both of them.

15Then I said to myself,

“What happens to a foolish person will catch up with me too.

So what do I gain by being wise?”

I said to myself,

“That doesn’t have any meaning either.”

16Like a foolish person, a wise person won’t be remembered very long.

The days have already come when both of them have been forgotten.

Like a person who is foolish,

a wise person must die too!

Work Is Meaningless

17So I hated life. That’s because the work done on this earth made me sad. None of it has any meaning. It’s like chasing the wind. 18I hated everything I had worked for on earth. I’ll have to leave all of it to someone who lives after me. 19And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Either way, they’ll take over everything on earth I’ve worked so hard for. That doesn’t have any meaning either. 20So I began to lose hope because of all my hard work on this earth. 21A person might use wisdom, knowledge and skill to do their work. But then they have to leave everything they own to someone who hasn’t worked for it. That doesn’t have any meaning either. In fact, it isn’t fair. 22What do people get for all their hard work on earth? What do they get for all their worries? 23As long as they live, their work is nothing but pain and sorrow. Even at night their minds can’t rest. That doesn’t have any meaning either.

24A person can’t do anything better than eat, drink and be satisfied with their work. I’m finally seeing that those things also come from the hand of God. 25Without his help, who can eat or find pleasure? 26God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness to the person who pleases him. But to a sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth. Then the sinner must hand it over to the one who pleases God. That doesn’t have any meaning either. It’s like chasing the wind.