Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 CSB

The Limitations of Wisdom

12 I, the Teacher, have beena king over Israel in Jerusalem.

References for Ecclesiastes 1:12

    • f 1:12 - Or Teacher, was
      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

      References for Ecclesiastes 1:14

        • g 1:14 - Or a feeding on wind, or an affliction of spirit
          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."

          References for Ecclesiastes 1:16

            • h 1:16 - Lit said with my heart
            • i 1:16 - Or discerned
              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

              References for Ecclesiastes 1:17

                • j 1:17 - Or a feeding on wind, or an affliction of spirit
                  18 For with much wisdom is much sorrow; as knowledge increases, grief increases.