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Ecclesiastes 2:1 - 2:3

The Vanity of Pleasure and Possessions

I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with gladness, so that you shall see good things.” And behold, it too was vanity.
2 I said of laughter, “It is madness,” and of gladness, “What does it do?” 3 I explored with my heart how to stimulate my body with wine—while my heart was guiding me wisely—and how to seize simpleminded folly, until I could see where is this good for the sons of men in what they do under heaven the few days of their lives.