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

8 thoughts on “Sunday Scriptures: Indulge

    • katharinetrauger says:

      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. iamnotshe says:

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

    • katharinetrauger says:

      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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