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Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 (Holman Christian Standard)

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The Limitations of Wisdom

12 I, the Teacher, have beena king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I applied my mind to seek and explore through wisdom all that is done under heaven. God has given people this miserable task to keep them occupied. 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun and have found everything to be futile, a pursuit of the wind.b 15 What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted. 16 I said to myself,c "Look, I have amassed wisdom far beyond all those who were over Jerusalem before me, and my mind has thoroughly graspedd wisdom and knowledge." 17 I applied my mind to know wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly; I learned that this too is a pursuit of the wind.e 18 For with much wisdom is much sorrow; as knowledge increases, grief increases.
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