I explored with my mind how to let my body enjoy life[a] with wine(A) and how to grasp folly(B)—my mind still guiding me with wisdom—until I could see what is good for people to do under heaven[b] during the few days of their lives.(C)

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  1. Ecclesiastes 2:3 Lit to pull my body
  2. Ecclesiastes 2:3 Two Hb mss, LXX, Syr read the sun

12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the[a] good life. 13 It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts.(A)

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  1. Ecclesiastes 3:12 Lit his

22 I have seen that there is nothing better than for a person to enjoy his activities(A) because that is his reward. For who can enable him to see what will happen after he dies?[a](B)

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  1. Ecclesiastes 3:22 Lit after him

18 Here is what I have seen to be good:(A) it is appropriate to eat, drink, and experience good in all the labor one does under the sun during the few days of his life God has given him, because that is his reward.(B)

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12 For who knows what is good for man in life, in the few days of his futile life that he spends like a shadow?(A) Who can tell man what will happen after him under the sun?

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15 So I commended enjoyment because there is nothing better for man under the sun than to eat, drink, and enjoy himself,(A) for this will accompany him in his labor during the days of his life that God gives him under the sun.

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Go, eat your bread with pleasure, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart, for God has already accepted your works.(A)

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12 “Come, let me get some wine,
let’s guzzle some beer;
and tomorrow will be like today,
only far better!”(A)

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19 Then I’ll say to myself, “You[a] have many goods stored up for many years. Take it easy;(A) eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.”’(B)

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  1. Luke 12:19 Lit say to my soul, “Soul, you

32 If I fought wild animals in Ephesus(A) with only human hope,[a] what good did that do me?[b](B) If the dead are not raised, Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.(C)[c]

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  1. 1 Corinthians 15:32 Lit Ephesus according to man
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:32 Lit what to me the profit?
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:32 Is 22:13

Instructions to the Rich

17 Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant(A) or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God,[a] who richly provides us with all things(B) to enjoy.

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  1. 1 Timothy 6:17 Other mss read on the living God

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