Parallel Verses

American Standard Version

I said in my heart, Come now, I will prove thee with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also was vanity.

New American Standard Bible

I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself.” And behold, it too was futility.

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

I said to myself, “Go ahead, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy what is good.” But it turned out to be futile.

International Standard Version

I told myself, "I will test you with pleasure, so enjoy yourself." But this was pointless.

A Conservative Version

I said in my heart, Come now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure. And, behold, this also was vanity.

Amplified

I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure and gratification; so enjoy yourself and have a good time.” But behold, this too was vanity (futility, meaninglessness).

Bible in Basic English

I said in my heart, I will give you joy for a test; so take your pleasure--but it was to no purpose.

Darby Translation

I said in my heart, Come now, I will try thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure. But behold, this also is vanity.

Julia Smith Translation

I Said in my heart, Go now, I will prove thee with gladness, and look thou upon good: and behold, this also vanity.

King James 2000

I said in my heart, Come now, I will test you with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

Lexham Expanded Bible

I said {to myself}, "Come! I will test pleasure {to see whether it is worthwhile}." But look, "This also [is] vanity!"

Modern King James verseion

I said in my heart, Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore consider and behold goodness; this also is vanity.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Then said I thus in my heart, "Now go to, I will take mine ease and have good days." But lo, that was vanity also:

NET Bible

I thought to myself, "Come now, I will try self-indulgent pleasure to see if it is worthwhile." But I found that it also is futile.

New Heart English Bible

I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with mirth: therefore enjoy pleasure;" and behold, this also was vanity.

The Emphasized Bible

Said, I, in my heart, Come now! I will prove thee with gladness, and look thou on blessedness, - but lo! even that, was vanity.

Webster

I said in my heart, Come now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and behold, this also is vanity.

World English Bible

I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with mirth: therefore enjoy pleasure;" and behold, this also was vanity.

Youngs Literal Translation

I said in my heart, 'Pray, come, I try thee with mirth, and look thou on gladness;' and lo, even it is vanity.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
Go to now
ילך 
Yalak 
Usage: 0

I will prove
נסה 
Nacah 
Usage: 36

thee with mirth
שׂמחה 
Simchah 
Usage: 93

References

Context Readings

Qohelet's Investigation Of Self-Indulgence

1 I said in my heart, Come now, I will prove thee with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also was vanity. 2 I said of laughter, It is mad; and of mirth, What doeth it?


Cross References

Ecclesiastes 8:15

Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be joyful: for that shall abide with him in his labor all the days of his life which God hath given him under the sun.

Luke 12:19

And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, be merry.

Genesis 11:3-4

And they said one to another, Come, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.

Genesis 11:7

Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

2 Kings 5:5

And the king of Syria said, Go now, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.

Psalm 10:6

He saith in his heart, I shall not be moved; To all generations I shall not be in adversity.

Psalm 14:1

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works; There is none that doeth good.

Psalm 27:8

When thou saidst , Seek ye my face; My heart said unto thee, Thy face, Jehovah, will I seek.

Psalm 30:6-7

As for me, I said in my prosperity, I shall never be moved.

Ecclesiastes 1:16-17

I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I have gotten me great wisdom above all that were before me in Jerusalem; yea, my heart hath had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.

Ecclesiastes 2:15

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

Ecclesiastes 3:17-18

I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

Ecclesiastes 7:4

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

Ecclesiastes 11:9

Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

Isaiah 5:5

And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; I will break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:

Isaiah 50:5

The Lord Jehovah hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away backward.

Isaiah 50:11

Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that gird yourselves about with firebrands; walk ye in the flame of your fire, and among the brands that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of my hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.

Luke 16:19

Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day:

Luke 16:23

And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Titus 3:3

For we also once were foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.

James 4:13

Come now, ye that say, To-day or to-morrow we will go into this city, and spend a year there, and trade, and get gain:

James 5:1

Come now, ye rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you.

James 5:5

Ye have lived delicately on the earth, and taken your pleasure; ye have nourished your hearts in a day of slaughter.

Revelation 18:7-8

How much soever she glorified herself, and waxed wanton, so much give her of torment and mourning: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall in no wise see mourning.

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