King James Version

Ecclesiastes 2

1I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine 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.

I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards:

I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:

I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:

I 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:

I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.

11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.

13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

14 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.

15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.

16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.

19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.

20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.

21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.

22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?

23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.

24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?

26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

传道书 2

1我心里想:“来吧,不如尽情享乐,好好享受!”唉!结果这也是虚空。 我说:“欢笑只不过是一阵狂妄,享乐又有什么用!” 于是,我决意用酒使自己快乐,在体验愚昧的同时仍然保持理智,直到我明白在短暂的人生岁月中做何事才有益。 我大动工程,为自己建造房屋,栽种葡萄园, 开垦花圃园囿,种植各种果树, 开凿池塘,浇灌茂林。 我买了仆婢,又有生在家中的仆婢,拥有的牛羊远超过有史以来耶路撒冷的任何人。 我为自己积聚金银,搜罗列王和各省的奇珍异宝,得到男女歌优及许多妃嫔——都是世人所想望的。 这样,我便财势日增,享誉盛名,超过耶路撒冷历来所有的人。然而,我仍然保持智慧。 10 凡我眼睛爱看的、心里渴慕的,我都随心所欲,尽情享受。我的心从劳碌中得到欢乐,这是我劳碌所得的回报。 11 然而,当我回顾双手辛勤经营的一切成就时,唉,却发现都是虚空,都是捕风;日光之下的一切都毫无益处。 12 于是,我转念思考什么是智慧、狂妄和愚昧。其实以后接替君王的人除了重演历史之外,还能做什么呢? 13 我领悟到智慧胜过愚昧,如同光明胜过黑暗。 14 智者高瞻远瞩,愚人却在黑暗中摸索。但我知道两者终必有同样的命运。 15 于是,我想:“既然愚人的命运也将是我的命运,我有智慧又怎么样呢?我只能说,‘这也是虚空。’” 16 因为智者和愚人一样,不过被人记得一时,日后都会被遗忘。两者都难逃死亡。 17 所以,我憎恶生命,因为在日光之下所做的一切都令我愁烦。唉!这一切都是虚空,都是捕风。 18 我憎恶自己在日光之下劳碌得来的一切,因为这些必留给后人。 19 谁知道那人是智者还是愚人呢?然而,他却要接管我在日光之下用智慧辛勤经营的产业。这也是虚空。 20 因此,我对自己在日光之下一切的劳碌感到绝望。 21 一个人用智慧、知识和技能所得来的一切,却要留给不劳而获的人享用,这也是虚空,是极大的不幸! 22 世人在日光之下劳心劳力,究竟得到什么呢? 23 他们一生充满痛苦,劳碌中尽是愁烦,即使夜间心里也不安宁。这也是虚空。 24 对人而言,没有什么比吃喝并享受劳碌之乐更好,我看这也是出自上帝的手。 25 离了上帝,谁还能吃喝享受呢? 26 上帝把智慧、知识和喜乐赐给祂喜悦的人,却让罪人忙于积攒财富,然后把他们的财富赐给祂喜悦的人。这也是虚空,也是捕风。