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Ecclesiastes 2:12-16 (New International Version)

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Wisdom and Folly Are Meaningless

12 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly.1 What more can the king's successor do than what has already been done?2 13 I saw that wisdom3 is better than folly,4 just as light is better than darkness. 14 The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both.5 15 Then I thought in my heart, "The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?"6 I said in my heart, "This too is meaningless." 16 For the wise man, like the fool, will not be long remembered;7 in days to come both will be forgotten.8 Like the fool, the wise man too must die!9
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