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Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 (Common English Bible)

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The Teacher’s quest

12 I am the Teacher. I was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I applied my mind to investigate and to explore by wisdom all that happens under heaven. It's an unhappy obsession that God has given to human beings. 14 When I observed all that happens under the sun, I realized that everything is pointless, a chasing after wind. 15 What's crooked can't be straightened; what isn't there can't be counted. 16 I said to myself, Look here, I have grown much wiser than any who ruled over Jerusalem before me. My mind has absorbed great wisdom and knowledge. 17 But when I set my mind to understand wisdom, and also to understand madness and folly, I realized that this too was just wind chasing. 18 Remember: In much wisdom is much aggravation; the more knowledge, the more pain.
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