Sunday Scriptures: Indulge

I thought in my heart,
“Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.”

Pleasure
Pleasure (Photo credit: velo_city)

But that also proved to be meaningless.

“Laughter, “ I said, “is foolish.
And what does pleasure accomplish?”

I tried cheering myself with wine,
and embracing folly—
my mind still guiding me with wisdom.

I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven
during the few days of their lives.

I undertook great projects:

I built houses for myself and planted vineyards.
I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.

English: Princess Gardens, Torquay A bed of pr...
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I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees.

I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house.
I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me.

Crowne-Gold-Silver-Bullion

I amassed silver and gold for myself,
and the treasure of kings and provinces.

I acquired men and women singers,
and a harem as well—
the delights of the heart of man.

I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me.

In all this my wisdom stayed with me.

I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart no pleasure.

My heart took delight in all my work,
and this was the reward for all my labor.

Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve,

everything was meaningless,
a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun

 Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married for 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

8 thoughts on “Sunday Scriptures: Indulge

    1. Yes. To think–he had it all and it still was not enough. As I understand it, he was trying an experiment, to see how much stuff it would take to satisfy a man. His conclusion was that there is no end. Sure should teach us a lesson.
      Thanks for this observation! 🙂

  1. Awesome read! Thank you KT! Love the visual layout of your prose as well. Food for thought. Food for the soul!!! 😉 xoxo m

    1. Oh, I am so glad you liked this, Melis! Yes, it is something to think about, all right–the man had it all and he basically states Rockefeller’s motto: “How much does it take to satisfy a man? MORE!”
      Anyway, yes, I am finding this type of visual presentation hits a bull’s eye with lots of folks, so I may just keep it up.
      And, yes, food for the soul–no one goes away hungry. 🙂

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