Let us enjoy the good things that exist!
Make use of creation to the full
As in youth.
Let us take our fill of costly wine!
Let us take our fill of perfumes!
Let no flower of spring pass us by.
Let us crown ourselves
With rosebuds before they wither.
Let none of us fail to share in our revelry.
Everywhere let us leave signs of enjoyment.
Because this is our portion,
This is our lot.”
Once again, following the advice of Qoheleth in Ecclesiastes, we should enjoy life and not worry because all is vanity. These impious people want to enjoy all the existing good things, the use of all creation as they had done in their youth. They wanted to enjoy costly wine, perfumes, and the flowers of spring. They should be crowned with rosebuds as well as share in their revelry. They should enjoy themselves because this was their portion and lot in life.
Eat your bread
Drink your wine
With a merry heart!
God has long ago approved what you do.
Let your garments always be white!
Do not let oil be lacking on your head.
Enjoy life with the wife
Whom you love!’
All the days of your vain life
Are given you
Under the sun.
That is your portion in life.
That is your toil at which you toil
Under the sun.
Whatever your hand finds to do,
Do it with your might.
There is no work in Sheol.
There is no thought in Sheol.
There is no knowledge in Sheol.
There is no wisdom in Sheol.
That is where you are going.”
Qoheleth wants you to enjoy life now. Eat your bread and drink your wine. Enjoy them with a merry heart. God has already approved of what you are doing. Wear white garments with oil in your hair. Enjoy your life with your beloved wife. All the days of your life are in vain. All your work is in vain. Just do the best that you can with all your might. Where you are going, there will be no work, thought, knowledge, or wisdom. You are all headed to Sheol, the shadowy underworld of death.