“I said to myself.
I will make a test of pleasure.
This also was vanity.
I said of laughter.
‘It is mad.’
I said of pleasure.
‘What use is it?’
I searched with my mind
How to cheer my body with wine.
My mind was still guiding me with wisdom.
How am I am to lay hold of folly?
I wanted to see
What was good for mortals
To do under heaven
During the few days of their life.”
Qoheleth was once again talking to himself. He wanted to enjoy pleasure. However, he found that it too was useless and in vain. He laughed, but it was kind of a mad laughter. What was the use of all this pleasure? He tried to cheer his body with wine, even though he was able to maintain the wisdom in his mind. He wanted to enjoy folly and foolishness. What kind of things can mortals do during their short span of life under the heavens?